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Crash Course is a platform designed to open up debate on how we can move out of the current crisis and make the necessary steps towards achieving social, economic, ecological and regenerative justice. Crash Course is inviting global experts to break down complex issues in lay terms and make them accessible to all so that we can understand how to shape our economic system for a just recovery and future. We are a collective of engaged activists and experts from a number of organisations. Being motivated by the challenges and opportunities that the Corona-crisis presents us, we have decided to join forces by starting this initiative.

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Crash Course is a platform designed to open up debate on how we can move out of the current crisis and make the necessary steps towards achieving social, economic, ecological and regenerative justice. Crash Course is inviting global experts to break down complex issues in lay terms and make them accessible to all so that we can understand how to shape our economic system for a just recovery and future. We are a collective of engaged activists and experts from a number of organisations. Being motivated by the challenges and opportunities that the Corona-crisis presents us, we have decided to join forces by starting this initiative.

    Big Tech vs The Public — with Francesca Bria

    Big Tech vs The Public — with Francesca Bria

    Innovation economist and digital policy expert Francesca Bria joins us to talk about her experiences trying to counter the power of Big Tech and using technology for democratic decision making. Bria is the former CTO of the City of Barcelona and has been leading European Research and Innovation projects related to digital sovereignty, digital democracy and crypto platforms.
    In 2015 local elections in Spain were spectacular and radical democratic local forums won in many places and in some of the largest cities (Barcelona, Madrid, and others). Most prominent was the victory in Barcelona under the umbrella of Barcelona en Comú, and with the urban activist Ada Colau as mayor Francesca Bria became Barcelona’s Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer and has developed programs to curb the power of the tech giants and to use technology for democratic decision making. One of the international organisations that Francesca helped to develop was the Decode Project (https://decodeproject.eu/) with the aim to provide tools that put individuals in control of whether they keep their personal information private or share it for the public good.
    Francesca Bria is the President of the Italian National Innovation Fund. She is an Italian information technologist who lectures at various universities and is a consultant to the United Nations and the European Commission.

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    About Crash Course Economics
    Crash Course is a platform designed to open up debate on how we can move out of the current crisis and make the necessary steps towards achieving social, economic, ecological and regenerative justice.

    Crash Course is inviting global experts to break down complex issues in lay terms and make them accessible to all so that we can understand how to shape our economic system for a just recovery and future.

    Website: https://crashcourseeconomics.org/
    Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/g54ZMD
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu3cbKwed48Bu7dkQDVjRQA
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrashEconomics

    Music credit: "Capital G" by Nine Inch Nails, "Tribal Remix" by Imnotlouis (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US) 

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    Big Tech & the Global South — with Nandini Chami

    Big Tech & the Global South — with Nandini Chami

    In this fourth Crash Course episode of the series on Big Tech, Techno-feudalism and Democracy, we take a closer look at how we could resist the enormous and all-encompassing influence Big Tech and platform economies have on our lives. How can we regain control over our individual and collective data as they are being increasingly commodified and traded?

    Nandini Chami, deputy director of IT4Change, answers these and other questions and links the rise of Big Tech to growing inequality and development in the Global South. We ask further ask Chami:
    How is Big Tech deepening the geographies of inequality?What are the governance deficits at the global level that are exacerbating data colonialism?What are the new policy pathways that we need, in order to reclaim our data from Big Tech enclosures? Nandini Chami is Deputy Director at IT for Change. She is engaged in policy research and advocacy at the intersections of digital policy, development justice and gender equality. Her research interests are data justice, inclusive platform economies, and gender and digital trade. She co-leads the Digital Justice project, a collaboration between IT for Change and Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era network (www.dawnnet.org) on gender equality in the digital economy and she is co-investigator of Policy frameworks for the platform economy, an IDRC-supported multi-country research study on platform governance models for the global South.

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    About Crash Course Economics
    Crash Course is a platform designed to open up debate on how we can move out of the current crisis and make the necessary steps towards achieving social, economic, ecological and regenerative justice.

    Crash Course is inviting global experts to break down complex issues in lay terms and make them accessible to all so that we can understand how to shape our economic system for a just recovery and future.

    Website: https://crashcourseeconomics.org/
    Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/g54ZMD
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu3cbKwed48Bu7dkQDVjRQA
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrashEconomics

    Music credit: "Capital G" by Nine Inch Nails, "Tribal Remix" by Imnotlouis (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US) 

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    Platforms and the limits of Competition Policy — with Farwa Sial

    Platforms and the limits of Competition Policy — with Farwa Sial

    In this third episode, we discussed the challenges that Big Tech confronts us with in terms of regulation. The platform economy has fundamentally changed our societies and has made more and more citizens dependent on less and less companies. Due to lobbying efforts as well as ignorance and incompetence on many policy levels, this sector has massively expanded without much government oversight. The US has started talking about splitting up Facebook, but critics warn that this is not sufficient.
    Farwa Sial zoomed in on the regulatory problems and trends that intellectual monopolies and the platform economy have raised. We asked her:
    How has the lack of data regulation enabled the rise of Big Tech?Why are the current competition policy frameworks falling short of regulating intellectual monopolies?What kind of regulation do we need to regain control and empower the public domain?Farwa Sial is a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer in Development Finance at Eurodad and a Research Fellow at the Global Development Institute (GDI) University of Manchester. She is the steering group member of Diversifying and Decolonising Economics (D-econ) and the Association of Heterodox Economics. Her research focuses on comparative development, Industrial policy, corporations and the evolving dynamics of late-capitalism in the context of financialization and technological development. 
    Twitter @farwasial
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    About Crash Course Economics
    Crash Course is a platform designed to open up debate on how we can move out of the current crisis and make the necessary steps towards achieving social, economic, ecological and regenerative justice.

    Crash Course is inviting global experts to break down complex issues in lay terms and make them accessible to all so that we can understand how to shape our economic system for a just recovery and future.

    Website: https://crashcourseeconomics.org/
    Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/g54ZMD
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu3cbKwed48Bu7dkQDVjRQA
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrashEconomics

    Music credit: "Capital G" by Nine Inch Nails, "Tribal Remix" by Imnotlouis (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US) 

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    Intellectual Property & Monopoly Capitalism — with Cecilia Rikap

    Intellectual Property & Monopoly Capitalism — with Cecilia Rikap

    In this second Crash Course episode of the series on Big Tech, Techno-feudalism and Democracy, we will zoom in on intellectual property. We have invited political economist Cecilia Rikap to explain where intellectual property comes from, what its role is in fabricating monopoly power, and why it is important to understand the rise of Big tech and Big Pharma. 

    Rodrigo and Sara asked Rikap: 
    Is ‘intellectual monopoly capitalism’ a new accumulation regime? And how does it change the rules of the game? How does intellectual monopoly capitalism fit in the growing geo-political struggle between the US and China?Cecilia Rikap is a political economist, researcher CONICET, Univ de Paris & COSTECH Univ Tech Compiègne. She studies the rising concentration of intangible assets, focusing on power relations and the distribution of data and innovation economic gains, resulting geopolitical tensions, and the effects on knowledge commons & development. Rikap just finished her new book Capitalism, Power and Innovation: Intellectual monopoly capitalism uncovered.
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    About Crash Course Economics
    Crash Course is a platform designed to open up debate on how we can move out of the current crisis and make the necessary steps towards achieving social, economic, ecological and regenerative justice.

    Crash Course is inviting global experts to break down complex issues in lay terms and make them accessible to all so that we can understand how to shape our economic system for a just recovery and future.

    Website: https://crashcourseeconomics.org/
    Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/g54ZMD
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu3cbKwed48Bu7dkQDVjRQA
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrashEconomics

    Music credit: "Capital G" by Nine Inch Nails, "Tribal Remix" by Imnotlouis (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US) 

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    The rise of Technoscientific Capitalism with Kean Birch

    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 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. 

    Rodrigo and Sara 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?Kean Birch is 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/



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    About Crash Course Economics
    Crash Course is a platform designed to open up debate on how we can move out of the current crisis and make the necessary steps towards achieving social, economic, ecological and regenerative justice.

    Crash Course is inviting global experts to break down complex issues in lay terms and make them accessible to all so that we can understand how to shape our economic system for a just recovery and future.

    Website: https://crashcourseeconomics.org/
    Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/g54ZMD
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu3cbKwed48Bu7dkQDVjRQA
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrashEconomics

    Music credit: "Capital G" by Nine Inch Nails, "Tribal Remix" by Imnotlouis (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US) 

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    Arrested development and austerity: Avoiding the debt trap with Daniel Munevar & María José Romero

    Arrested development and austerity: Avoiding the debt trap with Daniel Munevar & María José Romero

    What are the effects of growing debt piles for the public heath care sector in the Global South? How can we prevent that IMF austerity measures will arrest development efforts in the next decade? Which institutional changes are needed at the level of International Financial Institutions to avoid policy responses that create new debt traps?

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