Facebook and Google, and other large technology companies, are some of the most powerful companies to ever exist. They touch every aspect of our lives, and decisions made by a few CEOs in Silicon Valley have a bigger impact on billions of people than their own governments.

In this lecture, Matt Bartlett sets out the complicated landscape of Big Tech power, and whether it presents a threat to public power (governments, elections and democracy). The ongoing question of regulating the technology juggernauts may prove to be the great legal issue of our time.

Matt Bartlett is a Professional Teaching Fellow in Law at the University of Auckland.


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