In fighting Covid-19, governments around the world are increasingly relying on technologies like drones, facial recognition cameras and location tracing devices. This raises a big question about the how some of these technologies will shape society beyond this public health emergency.
Today, computers are integrated into everyday life and everything we do. Computer-mediated experiences – be they in the form of using a smartphone, social media, an app, email, location services, search engines – produce enormous amounts of data every day which can be analysed and used for various purposes by different actors in society such as businesses and government institutions. While many hail this as an era of great promise, recent developments have also opened up a discussion about the extent to which ‘big data’ is a threat to freedom.