Our personal information is hoovered up as before, but data privacy is now gone from our hierarchy of needs
There are no atheists in foxholes, and no tech regulators in a coronavirus lockdown. What was once thunderously described as “surveillance capitalism” is now a pandemic necessity. Twitch is where our children go to school; Twitter where epidemiological models are debated; and WhatsApp where we have drinks with friends. Some 40 per cent of the world’s population is living under lockdown, according to AFP, creating exactly the kind of bored and isolated citizens whose fingers linger over their Facebook app button, as my colleague Alex Webb notes. Our personal information is hoovered up as before, but data privacy is now gone from our hierarchy of needs.
Likewise, the market power that made Big Tech look so dangerous makes it look vital
First Published: Mar 31 2020 | 10:28 PM IST