Cannes Lions highlights: The Power of Big Tech Platforms


Do tech giants support open societies or are they a threat to them? Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, chaired a big debate on the subject at this year’s Cannes Lions.


A distinguished panel debated the following question: The promise of the technology platforms was to unite communities and to create positive connections across all four corners of the world. But fast forward to 2018, and they are now being accused of spreading disunity and creating monopolies of thought and innovation. How much of the tech lash is misguided? Is the power in the hands of the few? Do the major tech platforms smother or enhance creativity?

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