4AAVC101 - week 11

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These are my notes from December 05 for 4AAVC101 at King's College London for the 2017-2018 school year. The lecturer, Nick Srnicek, is the author of two excellent books at the intersection of technology and leftist politics: Inventing the Future (with Alex Williams), and Platform Capitalism.

The usual disclaimer: all notes are my personal impressions and do not necessarily reflect the view of the lecturer.

The Future of the Digital Economy


Splinternet by Scott Malcomson (chapter 3)

Didn’t get around to this.

Platform Capitalism by Nick Srnicek (chapter 3)

Read this over the summer. Notes in Bookmarker.

The Stack by Benjamin Bratton

In the Recommended Reading section. Haven’t read it yet (it’s an imposing 528 pages) but it seems quite seminal so I’m going to work through next semester.

Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier

In the Recommended Reading section. I read this over the summer and was wildly disappointed. Brief review on Goodreads (longer one coming soon, hopefully).

Socialize the Data Centres! by Evgeny Morozov

its In the Recommended Reading section. An interview with journalist Evgeny Morozov. One of my favourite New Left Review pieces ever. I came across this issue over the summer, while going through old NLR issues at Housman’s, and was very intrigued by the title of this specific piece. Notes in Bookmarker.

Will the Internet Fragment? by Milton Mueller

In the Recommended Reading section. Haven’t read this yet but it looks interesting.

Platform Cooperatism (PDF) by Treboz Scholz

In the Recommended Reading section. Haven’t read this yet either but Scholz’ work has been on my radar for some time (he co-edited Ours to Hack and to Own