Ian Bremmer examines big tech's role in helping to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides historical examples of expansion of government power in times of crisis, including the 1918 flu pandemic, the Sedition Act, and the 9/11 attacks. At a critical moment when both tech companies and the government are extending their reach and power, a tradeoff could emerge on the balance of safety and civil liberty.
How much regulation and oversight should the US government have when it comes to big tech? In an interview with Ian Bremmer for GZERO World, Marietje Schaake, former member of EU Parliament and international policy director of the Cyber Policy Center at Stanford University, argues that government relies on private tech firms for much of its own tech and data infrastructure, and that could be against the interest of citizens and consumers. Using examples of election security and misinformation promulgated in the COVID-19 pandemic, Schaake discusses the competing nature of profit-driven advertising platforms and the public good.
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Some economists have argued that data is the new oil, a precious commodity driving exponential growth of some of the biggest multinational corporations. This week, our guest says it could also be the new CO2, quietly changing the world in irreparable ways if not properly controlled.
On the latest episode of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, a look at the ongoing debate about data and how it's used by governments and big tech companies in ways both helpful and harmful. The policy conversation was complicated before COVID-19, as Europe established its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the US begins to grapple with similar laws, like California's Consumer Privacy Act.
Our guest, Marietje Schaake, former EU Parliament Member and international policy director of Stanford's Cyber Policy Center, argues that more regulation is necessary to curb unchecked use of consumer data. Taped just days before many US cities entered lockdown in the COVID-19 pandemic, the interview also examines early uses of tracking and surveillance in Singapore and China, and what those actions foreshadow for the US as the nation balances freedom and security.
Later in the program, contact tracing and COVID-19: A conversation with epidemiologist John Brownstein about his site CovidNearYou.org.And on Puppet Regime: Dating is hard during a pandemic. Even for pathogens on the prowl.
Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, discusses combating cyberbullying, CCPA and tech "fashion":
What is a "troll score" and is it a realistic way to combat online bullying?
Something that Kayvon Beykpour, head of product at Twitter and I talked about, and the thought was: Twitter doesn't give you a lot of disincentives to be a jerk online. But what if there were a way to measure how much of a jerk someone is and put it right in their profile? Wouldn't that help? I think it's a pretty good idea. Though, you can see the arguments against it.