Big Tech – How Silicon Valley Reshapes our Cities

with Mike Isaac and Letizia Chiappini

Date: Friday 27.09.19
Time: 20:00 (doors: 19:30)
Location: WORM, Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
Admission: € 10,00 (€ 6,00 for students)
Language: English

On Friday September 27, Mike Isaac, technology reporter for The New York Times, will visit De Dépendance on the occasion of his new book Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber. The book is a tale of hubris and excess set against a technological revolution, with billions of dollars and the future of transportation at stake. It’s a story that touches on the major themes of Silicon Valley in the last decade: how rapid developments in technology can crash into long-entrenched labor systems, throw urban development into upheaval and overturn an entire industry in a matter of years.

So what are the (hidden) financial structures behind tech giants like Uber? Which are the transformative effects on the urban fabric of our cities? And how should we interpret the increased public criticism and regulatory scrutiny of these companies?

Mike Isaac will be interviewed by Geert Maarse and will be joined on stage by Urban Sociologist Letizia Chiappini for a discussion on technology, capital and the city.

Mike Isaac is a technology reporter based in The New York Times’s San Francisco bureau, where he covers Facebook, Uber and Twitter, among other companies. He has won the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business reporting, runs the weekly technology newsletter Bits, and often appears on CNBC and MSNBC as a tech expert.