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.
Jonathan P. Allen is a Professor in the Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Strategy Department of the School of Management, University of San Francisco, USA. His research interests include the digital transformation of organizations and society, the design and use of open technologies, and digital entrepreneurship.
Chapter 1. Why Is Inequality Increasing in a Digital World?
Chapter 2. Information Technology and Wealth Concentration
Chapter 3. The Digital Economy: New Markets, New Gatekeepers
Chapter 4. Regulation and Taxation: The New Digital Advantage
Chapter 5. Models, Mediation, and Mobilization: A Framework for Analyzing
Technology and Inequality
Chapter 6. Technology and Inequality
Case Study: Search
Chapter 7. Technology and Inequality
Case Study: Social Media
Chapter 8. Technology and Inequality
Case Study: The Sharing Economy
Chapter 9. Restoring Technology as an Engine of Opportunity