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  • Have the likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon become too powerful?
  • Have the likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon become too powerful?
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Is the internet always the answer?

With the news of Samsung spying through televisions, Ford bugging cars and yesterday’s internet wunderkinds – Google, Facebook, Amazon – feeling like today’s big corporates, internet critic Andrew Keen gives his views on potential digital dystopias in his book The Internet Is Not The Answer.

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We live in the digital age – a period which matches or surpasses the Industrial Revolution in terms of humanity’s growth. But while digital advances have transformed the way we communicate, shop and work, are these changes for the better?

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, believed that the internet had the potential to change the world positively, making it more equal and open. But governments, industrial figures and, crucially, users themselves are voicing concerns. A 2013 survey found that 48% of US citizens didn’t trust Google with their private information, while more than 60% ...

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