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Silicon Valley problem: Monopolies

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Literature Review: Monopolies problem for Silicon Valley

This “Ten Problems for Silicon Valley in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students’ theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. solutionism,
  2. monopolies,
  3. diversity,
  4. outsiders,
  5. gig economy,
  6. misuse,
  7. narrowness,
  8. obsolescence,
  9. manipulation,
  10. public mood.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.


2 Monopolies

THE PROBLEM — In the last few years, a number of pundits, advocates, and journalists have argued that market concentration has grown in the United States and that this has caused a precipitous decline in the number of business start-ups. Venture capital is said to favor highly concentrated technology market which stunts innovation, heightens barriers to entry into the market, and reduces consumer welfare.

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CONCLUSIONS — The rising concentration in the technology sector magnifies the potential anticompetitive forces at play. There is no correlation between the change in industry concentration and the change in the number of start-ups. Some key geopolitical actors are projecting models of Internet governance, and consequently creating their own realities—alternative Internets to Silicon Valley’s. The European approach is based on a set of values and rights that are fundamental to the integrity of their model and way of life. The profound restructuring undergone by the system of technological innovation at the heart of the capitalist development process has placed a number of countries on the periphery of the world system. Facebook tech suburbs appear to be both troublesome phenomenological places and pragmatically problematic. Three newly formulated responses stand out: the partnership response, the expansion of the multinational enterprise response and the governance response. Southern histories, bodies, and practices drive forward developments in computing usually taken as emanating from the North. The sharing economy tends to re-inscribe social inequalities through digital means. Surprisingly or not Marx has become trending among academics looking at the rising power of digital corporations.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …


Silicon Valley Problems
“Ten Problems for Silicon Valley in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

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