Many theorists have attempted to describe the phenomenon of the large internet firms which dominate our contemporary economies. Google, Facebook, Amazon and others have become symbols of a new kind of capitalism, and also of the growing inequalities in contemporary economies. I will review some leading conceptions of these large firms, focussing on two accounts – Shoshana Zuboff argument for conceiving of these firms as surveillance capitalists, and Nick Srnicek’s description of platform capitalism. I will synthesise these two conceptions, and contexualise them within the broader framework of what West calls data capitalism.

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