In an article in 'The Internet Policy Review' Nikita Aggarwal of Law Faculty and Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and Carl Ohman of OII discuss the ethical and legal considerations for the demise of big tech.

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Society is becoming increasingly dependent on data-rich, “Big Tech” platforms and social networks, such as Facebook and Google. But what happens to our data when these companies close or fail? 

In this article, the authors use the hypothetical failure of Facebook as a case study to analyse legal and ethical risks related to the closure of data-rich, Big Tech platforms.

The article has also been discussed in a piece in the Guardian which asks Are Facebook and other giants too big to fail?