Should Governments Be Data-Optimists?

By Sam Gilbert The 2010s were a decade of increasing pessimism about data. The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the ways even democratically-elected governments were electronically surveilling their own citizens, while influential scholars such as Shoshana Zuboff challenged the legitimacy of big tech companies’ data-driven business models. Both the scope of the EU’s landmark General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and …

How governments can engage digital resources to manage their Covid-19 response

By Tanya Filer & Riley Kaminer From literature to manufacturing, crisis and creativity have often gone hand-in-hand. Lauded inventions, such as radar technologies and the Turing machine used to decipher secret codes, emerged from the collective existential threat of World War II. In recent years, we have seen existing technologies innovatively repurposed to tackle major public crises. Whenminers were trapped …