Alexis Wichowski, author of "The Information Trade: How Big Tech Conquers Countries, Challenges Our Rights, and Transforms Our World," will discuss how tech giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Microsoft, armed with wealth and power rivaling that of nation states, are transforming the world as we know it. While these “net states,” companies operating as sovereign entities, provide us the luxury of a tech-enabled life, concerns about our privacy and security come into question. What are they doing with the data they collect from us and how can we better protect ourselves?
As these “net states” act more and more like countries, they are transforming how our world operates and how we determine our own rights as both users and citizens. Dr. Wichowski argues we need a new paradigm to control our relationship with tech giants before our future is irreversibly altered. The question is, who will design that paradigm? Us or them?