Big tech and governments' response to the pandemic

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In Toronto, Sidewalk Labs' persuasion campaign prompted our community to ask questions about the ways in which tech giants are becoming integrated with, and assuming the roles of, our governments and public sectors.  As tech companies scramble to offer new health/surveillance tech to governments around the world, these questions are more relevant than ever.  We've compiled a first sampling of critical articles on this topic.

Thomas Brewster, "Palantir, the Peter Thiel-backed $20 billion big data cruncher, scores $17 million coronavirus emergency relief deal." Forbes, April 11, 2020.

Dave Gershgorn, "We mapped how the coronoavirus is driving new surveillance programs around the world,OneZero, April 9, 2020.

Mathew Ingram, "What Facebook and Google need to do to fight disinformation," Columbia Journalism Review, April 9, 2020.

Teresa Scassa,"Privacy rights should drive our approach to using personal data during pandemic," Policy Options, April 9, 2020.

Michele Champagne, "A solo space for all to see." New Cities, April 9, 2020.

Sean McDonald, "The digital response to the outbreak of covid19," Centre for International Governance Innovation, March 30, 2020.

Karen Kornbluh and Ellen P. Goodman, "Safeguarding digital democracy: Digital innovation and democracy initiative roadmap,"  German Marshall Fund of the United States, March 2020.

Emma Woollacott, "Tracking the trackers: Coronavirus surveillance around the world." Forbes, March 25, 2020

Peter Swire, "Security, privacy and the coronavirus: Lessons from 9/11," Law Fare, March 24, 2020

Garrett Sloane, "Google launches Verily site for Coronavirus tests, sparking health privacy concerns," March 16, 2020


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