An increase in employee surveillance around the world brings with it urgent questions as we imagine what work in a post-covid world might look like, writes Hussein Kesvani.
Digital technologies for tracking people and monitoring outbreaks may be the only way out of the crisis — but misuse could aid a slide into authoritarianism.
In the information era we live in, our thoughts, preferences and behaviours have become marketable products.
Tom Morello, Speedy Ortiz and Amanda Palmer have joined a list of major artists who want to ban facial recognition at concerts. The campaign, launched by digital-rights group Fight For The Future, says such technology will put “undocumented fans, fans of color, trans fans, and fans with criminal records at risk of being unjustly detained, harassed, or judged.”
From traffic cones to woks, the ongoing protests in Hong Kong have resulted in some innovative use of everyday items by protesters looking to protect themselves from teargas, rubber bullets and from being surveilled by the police. Protests have been ongoing for weeks, as protesters demand that leader Carrie Lam step down for trying to push a Chinese-extradition bill through the legislature.
"The UK has just legalised the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy."
All proceeds will go to mental health charity Heads Together