Gatekeepers: These tech firms control what’s allowed online

 

Source: Geoffrey A. Fowler & Chris Alcantara, Washington Post ( Paid Registration )

A bunch of companies, stacked on top of each other like layers in a cake, operate the pipes and services that keep the Internet running.

1. Platforms: A platform is an online forum. That might not sound important, but it’s the type of business fueling many of the most prominent Internet companies. They’re websites and apps that make money by running ads around what other people post or taking a cut from selling other people’s stuff.

2. Cloud services

3. Content delivery networks

4. Domain registrars

5. Internet service providers

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