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An award-winning Financial Times columnist exposes the threat that Big Tech poses to our democracies, our economies and ourselves

Today Google and Facebook receive 90 percent of the world's news ad spending. Amazon takes half of all ecommerce in the US. Google and Apple operating systems run on all but 1 percent of cell phones globally. And 80 percent of corporate wealth is now held by 10 percent of companies - not the GEs and Toyotas of this world but the digital titans.  

How did we get here? How did the tech industry get to dominate our world so completely? How did once-idealistic and innovative companies come to manipulate elections, violate our privacy and pose a threat to the fabric of our democracy? In Don't Be Evil, Financial Times global business columnist Rana Foroohar documents how Big Tech lost its soul - and became the new Wall Street.

Through her skilled reporting and unparalleled access - won through nearly 30 years covering business and technology - she shows the true extent to which the 'Faang's (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google) crush or absorb any potential competitors, hijack our personal data and mental space and offshore their exorbitant profits. What's more, she reveals how these threats to our democracies, our livelihoods and our minds are all intertwined. Yet Foroohar also lays out a plan for how we can resist, creating a framework that fosters innovation while also protecting us from the dark side of digital technology.

©2019 Rana Foroohar (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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its fine

the narrator was good although i did speed it up a little but the book is only ok

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  • 30-04-20

Fantastic

This book is excellent, exposing some of the nefarious manoeuvres the big tech companies are up to. I used to be enthralled by the likes of Google, Amazon and Apple. Now I’m far more wary of these behemoths.
One warning: the book broadly pushes a left-leaning narrative of politics