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Studying tech giants through their network infrastructure

Jean-Christophe Plantin (LSE) is invited to the seminar. He will present his work on the growing involvement of GAFAMs in network infrastructures.

Event, Research Seminar


As social debates around digital giants focus on their business models or their uses of user data, this presentation reveals their growing involvement in network infrastructures. First of all, this involvement goes beyond giant data centers or transatlantic submarine cables, which are widely covered by the media, and also concerns the field of telecommunications and satellite networks. Secondly, this involvement also takes the form of the creation of industrial consortiums, enabling them to drive a dynamic of innovation and to structure a market favorable to their activity. Updating this action of GAFAM at the level of digital networks thus makes it possible to add the infrastructural dimension to the critical analysis of the power of the digital giants on the economy and digital life.


Jean-Christophe Plantin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at the London School of Economics. His current research focuses on the infrastructures of digital giants.

Jean-Christophe holds a PhD in information and communication studies from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan.

Practical informations

This seminar will be broadcast online. Think about testing your system before the seminar.

Pre-registration required: register