Wednesday April 8, 2020

Ireland lies at the mercy of one company’s decisions

Dublin is a global sales hub for tech companies such as Google, which has become synonymous with data capture and tax avoidance. But is this really the reputation that the tech giant wants to have?

The past decade can be defined as the period when global internet companies gave birth to platform capitalism. This brave new world is inescapable.

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, among other giant internet companies, provide the platforms on which businesses can operate. They own the capital infrastructure – software and hardware – that underpins the new economy and, arguably, the new society. This also means that they own the vast majority of the colossal profits...

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