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Technology and Inequality

Concentrated Wealth in a Digital World


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jonathan P. Allen
    Pages 25-41
  3. Jonathan P. Allen
    Pages 93-106
  4. Jonathan P. Allen
    Pages 107-119
  5. Jonathan P. Allen
    Pages 137-154
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 155-158

About this book


This book will summarize what we know about technology and inequality across disciplines, and seek out new ways to analyze this relationship based on technology and business practices, with the objective of restoring digital technology as an engine of opportunity. Besides the unique focus on the role of technology in inequality, the book will have a unifying theme of tracing wealth creation and wealth capture in the technology sector, and relating specific practices—what technology companies actually do—to larger shifts in wealth and power. A clear conceptual framework will be used to analyze key industry case studies: search engines, social media, and the ‘sharing’ economy. 


Digital technology Social media IT Financial sector Regulation Search engine optimization Gig economy wealth inequality information technology markets sharing economy globalization wealth concentration scalability Intellectual property value creation algorithms venture capital

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of ManagementUniversity of San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

About the authors

Jonathan P. Allen is a Professor in the Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Strategy Department of the School of Management, University of San Francisco, USA. His research interests include the digital transformation of organizations and society, the design and use of open technologies, and digital entrepreneurship. 

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