Cory Doctorow: The Monopoly Web Is Already Here

Cory Doctorow: The Monopoly Web Is Already Here


Cory Doctorow doesn’t buy the hype. 

While many critics of Big Tech ascribe diabolical genius to the dominant internet firms of today, Doctorow sees a collection of mediocre sociopaths. 

This article is part of CoinDesk’s “Internet 2030” series, an examination at the technologies developed today that will power the economy of tomorrow.

The polymorphous Canadian-British tech blogger, science fiction writer and co-editor of the blog Boing Boing is out with a new book called “How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism.” Therein, he pushes back on the premise offered by Shoshana Zuboff’s influential tome “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” and argues that today’s tech monopolies are not inevitable, invincible or impervious to change. 

Doctorow doesn’t think the web of 2030 will necessarily be as monopolized as it is today. When we spoke in September, he continually brought our conversation back to the present. As a science fiction author, he is distinguishes

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