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An Office Without GAFAM? Sustainable Infrastructures as Corporate Digital Responsibility

From large corporations to small businesses, IT systems, software, and social media have become indispensable for companies. They are dependent on digital services provided by only a few IT corporations, e. g., Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, or Microsoft (GAFAM). 85 % of companies in Germany use Microsoft’s Office software, another 9 % use Google’s – only 2 % use the open alternative Libre Office. The text discusses how this monopolisation trend endangers a sustainable digitalisation and proposes better alternatives and solutions.