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The Political Economy of Digital MonopoliesContradictions and Alternatives to Data Commodification$
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Pasko Bilic, Toni Prug, and Mislav Žitko

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529212372

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529212372.001.0001

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Controlling, Processing, and Commercializing Data

Controlling, Processing, and Commercializing Data

(p.129) 6 Controlling, Processing, and Commercializing Data
The Political Economy of Digital Monopolies

Paško Bilić

Toni Prug

Mislav Žitko

Policy Press

Chapter 6 starts by discussing privatisation and commercialisation of knowledge on digital platforms in the form of Free Software inputs and publicly funded science and research. Corporate technological forms set the rules of data engagement for all actors worldwide including internet users, advertisers, search engine optimizers, website owners, news industries, and others. Tech giants continuously collect, process, and monetize background usage data to create technological and economic enclosures that the existing legal forms, algorithmic operations and regulatory instruments make difficult to penetrate, unpack and grasp by outside actors such as civic organisation or democratic institutions.

Keywords:   Free Software, privatisation, commercialisation, technological form, algorithms, background usage data, public investment, Facebook, advertising revenue

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