Silicon Valley’s Control Virus

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

The tech industry represents the apex of both globalization and repression… Their industry became the public face of fighting the virus by unleashing a new wave of censorship and surveillance against Americans. Before long, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg could be seen warning that the social media giant would delete any protests against the lockdown, YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki declaring that any videos that contradicted WHO would be deleted, and Microsoft’s Bill Gates speculating about immunity passports. And Google and Apple came together to build a contact tracing system that would track everyone. Silicon Valley’s titans and monopolies want to be the heroes of this pandemic, but the only things they have to offer are the totalitarian tools of surveillance that have destroyed public trust in the industry.