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It’s uncontroversial to say that our discourse is polarized, angry and unproductive – and to say that Big Tech is to blame. But what is Big Tech’s role in distorting discourse? Is it the use of machine learning and surveillance data to manipulate people at scale? Or is it just plain old monopolism, dressed up in a bunch of AI snakeoil repurposed from the ad-tech industry’s self-serving brags about how good it is at convincing people?

The answer matters, because machine-learning mind-control rays are an existential threat to human agency, while monopolies can be dismantled using competition law — and what’s more, there’s a tried-and-true competition tactics that is uniquely suited to dismantling tech monopolies. Adversarial interoperability turns tech’s market power on its head, allowing new market entrants to use incumbents’ own scale against them.

Full transcript What Big Tech does to discourse – Cory Doctorow

About the Speaker

  • Ravi Naik

    Visiting Policy Fellow

    Ravi Naik, the Law Society’s 2018 - 2019 Human Rights Lawyer of the Year, is a multi-award winning Solicitor, with a pioneering practice at the forefront of data rights and technology. In January 2020, Ravi co-founded the data rights agency, AWO.

  • Cory Doctorow

    Blogger, Journalist, and Science Fiction Author


    Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist and journalist. He is the author of many books, including most recently RADICALIZED and WALKAWAY, science fiction for adults.