Platforms are everywhere and increasingly regulate all aspects of our life. How did we get here? Despite all the talks about Surveillance Capitalism and the rise of Apple and Google, it really
started with us sharing pop songs via the internet. Napster was a watershed moment in the development of digital platforms that led eventually to Netflix and the streaming phenomenon in the
But it didn't stop there. Platforms have introduced a new paradigm into the economy that is utterly different to the capitalist regime we are used to. In this talk Michael Seemann will tell the
story of how digital platforms first facilitated the loss of control over information and then changed themselves into an infrastructure of control, thereby making us dependent on their access
regimes to almost everything.