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How are digital platforms involved in reshaping social, political, economic and cultural life? How can they be studied? What is to be done about them? What kinds of capacities are required to reappropriate them, reinvent them, redirect them or create alternatives? Nick Srnicek will join us to talk about his recent book and research in this area. The event will be hosted by Jonathan Gray at the Department for Digital Humanities, King's College London.

Platform Capitalism – Nick Srnicek, King's College London

What unites Google and Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, Siemens and GE, Uber and Airbnb? Across a wide range of sectors, these firms are transforming themselves into platforms: businesses that provide the hardware and software foundation for others to operate on. This transformation signals a major shift in how capitalist firms operate and how they interact with the rest of the economy: the emergence of platform capitalism. This talk critically examines these new business forms, showing how the fundamental foundations of the economy are rapidly being carved up among a small number of monopolistic platforms, and how the platform introduces new tendencies within capitalism that pose significant challenges to any vision of a post-capitalist future.

Nick Srnicek is a Lecturer in Digital Economy at KCL. He is the author of Platform Capitalism (Polity, 2016), and Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and A World Without Work (Verso, 2015 with Alex Williams). With Helen Hester, he is currently writing After Work: The Fight for Free Time (Verso, 2018).

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