Big Tech and COVID-19 are fueling networked authoritarianism

Lizzie O'Shea, Nikkei Asian Review, 19 September 2020 - One of the central themes of our COVID-19 world has been the fortification of borders in the name of containing the virus, further solidifying the nexus between the tech industry and government. [...]

"Many of the companies winning contracts for surveilling, monitoring and tracking migrants have also pitched their same technologies for health and policing related to COVID-19," writes the Transnational Institute's Mark Akkerman. "They will be one of the few winners of the COVID-19 fueled border militarization bonanza." [...]