Cloud Empires

Location: WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) , Library & Learning Center Ceremonial Hall 1 on 12 June 2024 Starting at 18:00 Ending at 19:30 WU matters. WU talks.
Type Lecture / discussion
Organizer WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) Marketing & Communications

How can we regain control?

This event is organized by WU in cooperation with WWTF

Tech giants have come to rule the internet like autocrats. How did this happen? The internet was supposed to liberate us from gatekeepers, but it has done the opposite. Only if we understand digital platforms for what they are – institutions as powerful as the state – we can begin the work of democratizing them. Digital economy expert Vili Lehdonvirta explores the rise of the platform economy into statelike dominance over our lives, discusses existing regulatory approaches, and outlines a new way forward to regain control.


Isabell Claus, Managing Director, thinkers GmbH

Vili Lehdonvirta, Professor of Economic Sociology and Digital Social Research, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Thomas Reutterer, Professor, Head of the Institute for Marketing & Customer Analytics, WU Vienna

Viktoria Robertson, Professor of Competition Law and Digitalization, WU Vienna

Moderated by:

Michael Stampfer, Managing Director, WWTF

This event is an in-person event and will take place on campus. There will be no livestream.

Isabell Claus
thinkers GmbH
Vili Lehdonvirta
University of Oxford
Thomas Reutterer
WU Vienna

© Gerhard Roza © Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University

Viktoria Robertson
WU Vienna
Michael Stampfer

© Lukas Beck

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