Democrats Hate Facebook. Republicans Want To Ban TikTok. The Bipartisan Backlash Against Big Tech Is Here and It’s a Disaster.
When it comes to the pandemic, “I do think there’s going to be a [tech policy] reaction,” says Arthur Rizer, “and I think that reaction is going to be that we will lose a little bit of freedom through technology for the sake of safety, as it historically has always been.” As one example, he points to the use of facial recognition technology by police departments who said it would only be used for solving certain serious crimes but recently admitted to “using it to find who was out and about during quarantine.”
“Every time this country faces an emergency,” Rizer says, “we kind of act poorly when it comes to our civil liberties.”
“Whatever goodwill that [tech companies] have picked up is either gone or [has] been spent,” Rizer says.