Media scientist Martin Andree says the free Internet won’t last long. In his ZDFheute interview, he explains why he sees Big Tech as a danger to democracy.
ZDF today: Mr. Andree, you have been criticizing for a long time that technology giants such as Google and Facebook have monopoly on the Internet and pose a great threat. How do you get this view?
Martin Andrew: If you look at how the traffic on the network is distributed, you can immediately see: The network is in the hands of a handful of companies, the rest have almost nothing. It is particularly problematic if each of the best offers monopolize an entire market: the Google market for search engines, the YouTube free video-on-demand market, the online television market so to speak, Facebook and Instagram for social media, etc.
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