Economics Explained

Surveillance Capitalism with Darren Brady Nelson

Episode Summary

So-called surveillance capitalism was one of the big issues for the 2020s identified in the first Economics Explained episode this year. Google, Facebook, and other tech giants have massive amounts of data on us and they are using it for commercial gain. In this episode, Economics Explained host Gene Tunny discusses various perspectives on surveillance capitalism with his good friend Darren Brady Nelson, Chief Economist of LibertyWorks, an Australian libertarian think tank.

Episode Notes

So-called surveillance capitalism was one of the big issues for the 2020s identified in the first Economics Explained episode this year. Google, Facebook, and other tech giants have massive amounts of data on us and they are using it for commercial gain. In this episode, Economics Explained host Gene Tunny discusses various perspectives on surveillance capitalism with his good friend Darren Brady Nelson, Chief Economist of LibertyWorks, an Australian libertarian think tank.

Darren’s recently had an article published on the Mises Institute website with the title Surveillance Capitalism: A summary of critics

This is Darren’s second appearance on Economics Explained, and we spoke via Zoom video conferencing on the 18th of January 2020.

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