Good Code is a weekly podcast about ethics in our digital world. We look at ways in which our increasingly digital societies could go terribly wrong, and speak with those trying to prevent that. Each week, host Chine Labbé engages with a different expert on the ethical dilemmas raised by our ever-more pervasive digital technologies. Good Code is a dynamic collaboration between the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech and journalist Chine Labbé.

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On this episode:

Apple, Google, Facebook : these companies have become so big and powerful that they are often compared to empires. There is a sense of inevitability to them. They are here to stay, so we’d rather have our bread buttered by them than not, as Julia Powles puts it.

But this narrative is a recent one, and now is a good time to recognize it, she adds.

Our “long tradition of (…) fetishiz(ing) innovation and technological progress” shouldn’t prevent us from scrutinizing these companies, as closely as we would tobacco or pharmaceutical groups, she says.

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