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The rise of Technoscientific Capitalism with Kean Birch
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?

Apr 22, 2021 04:00 PM in Amsterdam

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Kean Birch
Professor @York University
Professor at York University, Canada who's interested in Big Tech and emerging forms of digital rentiership; obsessed with thinking about assets! Birch is particularly interested in understanding technoscientific capitalism and draws on a range of perspectives from science & technology studies, economic geography, and economic sociology to study it. More specifically, his research focuses on the restructuring and transformation of the economy & financial knowledges, technoscience & technoscientific innovation, and the relationship between markets & natural environments. Check out Kean Birch's writing at http://www.keanbirch.net/ and https://keanbirch.medium.com/