In this #BreadandNet2020 session, Jillian C. York discusses her book Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism, while keeping in mind these two crucial questions: How do companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon threaten our democracy? And what happens to free speech under surveillance capitalism?
The internet once promised to be a place of extraordinary freedom —beyond the clutch of money and politics— but today, corporations and platforms exercise more control over online content and knowledge-sharing than any state. From online calls to arms during the Arab Spring to the contemporary frontline of misinformation, York charts the war over our digital rights. She looks at how big techs have become unaccountable censors and discusses the devastating consequences on those censored.