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At a deserted Federation Square in Melbourne, the big screen broadcasts this message: ‘If you can see this, what are you doing? Go home.’ Cassie Zervos/Twitter

We don’t know what we’ve got till it’s gone – we must reclaim public space lost to the coronavirus crisis

Current restrictions remind us of the value of access to public space and one another. Yet even before COVID-19 some people were excluded and targeted, so a return to the status quo isn't good enough.
The Bank of Canada’s digital currency would let the federal government monitor spending. (Shutterstock)

A national digital currency has serious privacy implications

The Bank of Canada is proposing a federally managed digital currency that flies in the face of the decentralized approach to money that cryptocurrencies have established.
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. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Jessica Hill

One Ring to rule them all: Surveillance ‘smart’ tech won’t make Canadian cities safer

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.

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