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IQ2 Debate: Tear Down the Tech Giants

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When today’s tech giants burst into Silicon Valley, we hailed them as the democratising new breeds, disrupting the old-school media oligarchy.

Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple have since gone on to become the most powerful media monopolies to have ever existed.

We have, perhaps unwittingly, granted them this status. We have handed the tech giants great power, international influence and all our personal data. They don’t pay for this data although they do sell it to organisations who will.

As annoying as that may be, it’s not like we can conscientiously exclude the big four tech giants from our lives. It’s near impossible to not use some combination of them. They are incredibly pervasive – thanks to the conveniences they offer us.

The tech giants have changed the way we live. They shape the way we communicate with each other and how the economy works. They have torn down industries and given birth to entirely new ones. They even shaped the last US election and democracy itself.

Have we given the tech giants too much influence? They have bounced off attempt after attempt to regulate or tax them proving they are more powerful than governments and nation states.

Can we trust they will do no evil?

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Speaker lineups announced closer to the date of the debate. Stay tuned.

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