In this first Crash Course episode of our series on Big Tech, Techno-feudalism and Democracy, we will take a bird’s-eye view before we dive into more specific issues in the episodes to come. To introduce you to the topic, we have invited York University professor Kean Birch, specialised in Big Tech and emerging forms of digital rentiership. Crash Course will ask Birch: What are the key concepts to understand the age of technoscientific capitalism? Have we seen similar socio-economic transformations and rapid technological change before, or are we on uncharted terrain? How does the rise of Big Tech relate to the financialization of capitalism and neoliberalism more generally?