Decidim Fest 2021
Democracy, Technology and Global Justice
Mass surveillance in times of Covid-19: Technologies implemented, companies involved and impact on fundamental rights.
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We live in a surveillance society. Advances in digital technology in recent decades have paved the way for states to surveil entire populations to an unprecedented and deeply troubling level. In the past, governments spied on specific targets, whereas today digital technology provides the equipment to spy on everyone, all the time: everyone is a suspect, no one is safe.
The Covid-19 pandemic has paved the way for the implementation of exceptional measures that pose a danger to the exercise of Fundamental Rights but that would certainly not have been possible, or would have met with more resistance in another context. The technologies that have been made available to the Public Administration, often in collaboration with the private sector, are very diverse, but they all have a common denominator: the potential impact on the rights and freedoms of the population.
*This session will be conducted in Spanish.
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