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Should international development work with big tech – a means-ends discussion: Contra arguments

Should international development work with big tech – a means-ends discussion: Contra arguments

An input presenting the contra argument for international development working with big tech.

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Dominic Orr

April 06, 2022
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  1. Winner takes all (personal data, country talent, venture capital) Winner

    shapes all (public policies and regulations; market rules of success; norms and ethics; professional profiles) Winner doesn’t innovate, it buys innovation Big tech prefers monopolies and walled gardens Big tech is opaque about what is really does (at least to the user) Big tech doesn’t care about you (unless it is a business opportunity) Should international development work with big tech – a means-ends discussion Contra arguments Dominic Orr, 5.4.2022
  2. Big tech – why not? While it may seem good

    to use big tech as the main highways in the digital world, by promoting this use, we are stifling the digital ecosystem, hindering innovation, and contribute to crowding out local or community
  3. Winner takes all (personal data, country talent, venture capital)

  4. Winner shapes all (public policies and regulations; market rules of

    success; norms and ethics; professional profiles)
  5. Winner doesn’t innovate, it buys innovation

  6. Big tech prefers monopolies and walled gardens

  7. Big tech is opaque about what is really does (at

    least to the user)
  8. Big tech doesn’t care about you (unless it is a

    business opportunity)
  9. Let’s be ambitious – supporting new digital ecosystems, both big

    and small