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Big Tech, Monopolies and Imagining Alternatives


Fri Jun 11, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
60 mins

TPL and McMaster University's Master of Public Policy in Digital Society present: Imagining Alternatives to Monopolies.

Guests Matt Stoller, author of Goliath: the 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy, and Ali Haberstroh founder of Not Amazon, join us for a conversation about modernizing competition policy for a digital age.

Together, we will ask how we might imagine alternative business models like worker-owned cooperatives and nonprofits. We'll connect current antitrust cases taking place in the US to Canada's pending review of the Competition Act - which doesn't even define what a "monopoly" is. Join us to better understand the implications of monopoly power on democracy while exploring promising new business models for digital platforms.

About this event's guests:

Matt Stoller
Ali Haberstroh
Vass Bednar

About this series:

The Big Data and Tech in Our Backyards series explores how technology trends and Big Tech companies are reshaping our increasingly digital society.

Hosted by Vass Bednar, Executive Director of the Master of Public Policy Program at McMaster University, this monthly series invites authors, journalists and tech workers to take on complex, topical issues related to data collection and product marketing and apply them to a Canadian context.


Next in this series:

July 9: Fulfillment and the Future of Work with Alec MacGillis and Kaylie Tiessen
August 13: Revolutionizing the Rural with Xiaowei Wang
September 10: Predict + Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing with Sarah Brayne


Toronto Public Library is committed to accessibility. Please call or email us if you are Deaf or have a disability and would like to request accommodation to participate in this program. Please let us know as far in advance as possible and we will do our best to meet your request. At least three weeks notice is preferred. Phone 416-393-7099 or email

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