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Al Jazeera – All Hail The Algorithm: #2/5 – Is Big Tech colonising the Internet?

25/07/2019

The advent of Big Tech and data harvesting has brought a number of factors into sharp focus

‘Like Me’ – The Power & Popularity of Big Tech

Google, WeChat, Facebook, Huawei and many other American and Chinese tech companies are racing to partner with governments across Africa and Asia, building telecom and tech infrastructure, ‘connecting the unconnected’ and making mobile technology much more affordable. But in the process, are they building data empires and colonising the internet?

Join Ali Rae in this episode of ‘All Hail The Algorithm’ – a 5 part series exploring the impact of these invisible codes on our everyday lives.

Ali speaks with academics Nick Couldry and Ulises Mejias about the phenomenon they call ‘data colonisation’, and travels to Kenya to where she speaks with political analyst Nanjala Nyabola, digital rights advocate Nanjira Sambuli, as well as big tech representatives Adam Lane from Huawei Technologies and Charles Murito from Google Kenya.

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