1. Why Is Inequality Increasing in a Digital World? -- 2. Information Technology and Wealth Concentration -- 3. The Digital Economy: New Markets, New Gatekeepers -- 4. Regulation and Taxation -- 5. Models, Mediation, and Mobilization -- 6. Technology and Inequality Case Study: Search -- 7. Technology and Inequality Case Study: Social Media -- 8. Technology and Inequality Case Study: The Sharing Economy -- 9. Restoring Technology as an Engine of Opportunity.
This book will summarize what we know about technology and inequality across disciplines, and seek out new ways to analyze this relationship based on technology and business practices, with the objective of restoring digital technology as an engine of opportunity. Besides the unique focus on the role of technology in inequality, the book will have a unifying theme of tracing wealth creation and wealth capture in the technology sector, and relating specific practices—what technology companies actually do—to larger shifts in wealth and power. A clear conceptual framework will be used to analyze key industry case studies: search engines, social media, and the ‘sharing’ economy. ..