Sounds About Right: Audiobooks to Help Us Understand the World

#61: Internet Empire: The Hidden Digital War with Sean F. Ennis

July 31, 2023 Episode 61
Sounds About Right: Audiobooks to Help Us Understand the World
#61: Internet Empire: The Hidden Digital War with Sean F. Ennis
Show Notes

Professor Sean F. Ennis is an economist, author and expert. He focuses on company behavior, competition and regulation. 

He has developed economic market analysis for governments, academia and the private sector. After receiving a BA Hons from King’s College, Cambridge and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, he spent more than two decades working on economic and regulatory topics at the OECD, the European Commission and the US Department of Justice. He is now a Professor at the University of East Anglia in England. He has advised and given seminars in more than 25 countries.

Sean has written technical articles published in academic journals, reports released by government institutions, and, most recently, the book Internet Empire: The Hidden Digital War, a lively examination of how the internet expansion of US companies has achieved consequences like those of traditional war.

I had the pleasure of discussing this book with Sean and some of the topics we discussed in this episode includes:

  1. How does the internet allow the objectives of war to be achieved ?
  2. Why we should think about 'Empire building' as an economic activity 
  3. What is the irony in the United States victory in the internet war for control of economic activity?
  4. Why has Europe lagged behind in comparison to the United States?
  5. How companies such as Google has used acquisitions and mergers to maintain its dominance and minimalise competition
  6. The possible government and individual responses

The Book and Audiobook: Internet Empire: The Hidden Digital War is out now.

You can also find out more about Sean on his website

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