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Facebook’s choice of profits over the people is difficult to reconcile with its commitment to free speech.
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Taiwan has a population of over 20 million people and no new cases of coronavirus since mid-April. Embracing ‘digital democracy’ and ‘hacktivism’ have been the keys to their success.
Amazon says it has considered adding facial recognition technology to its Ring doorbell cameras. Some politicians are concerned Ring’s video-sharing partnerships with police departments encroach on people’s privacy and civil liberties.
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Amazon says it’s the “new neighbourhood watch” but Ring may just be another technology that gives police too much data and lets neighbourhoods double down on their biases.
However powerful technologies may seem, choices are made by people – not the machines they invent.
Very few organisations in the field of civic technology are choosing the right tools for the job.
Tech companies play a growing civic role in how we operate as a society. We need to be sure we’re happy with that.
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