Brochure: Internet, Big Data, Platforms

Table of Content: From the Microchip Revolution to the Internet | The Machine Room behind the Internet | What is Big Data? Accelerating the Human Cognitive Process (by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger) | Platforms and the Decentralised Internet | The Platformisation Tree (by José van Dijck) | Openness | Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence | Think, Machine! (by Manuela Lenzen)

Nils-Eyk Zimmermann (2020). Internet, Big Data & Platforms. Project DIGIT-AL – Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Active Citizenship. DARE Blue Lines, DARE – Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe, Brüssel, 68 pages,

The current digital transformation is rooted in earlier digitalisation in different parts of society. In particular, the emergence of the non-centralised internet, globalisation, networked technology, technical advancement, new ways of networked collaboration and the vision of ubiquitous computing have abetted the transformation toward the dominant topics in discourse around digital transformation today. Topics like the platform economy, big data and artificial intelligence. But the Internet has also helped other ideas break through, in particular, new open and non-centralised models of creation, communication and collaboration. As a global infrastructure, there is also an environmental impact associated with the physical network of cables, satellites, data centres, and antennas. In this publication, we introduce some of these fundamental topics.


The brochure was published as part of the series Digital Transformation in Education for Democratic Citizenship, available at:

The project DIGIT-AL is a European cooperation coordinated by Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten (AdB) and supported by the Erasmus + program of the European Union.