Petros Kavassalis: The Covid-19 crisis is a “massive global event in terms of its impact” (Larry Summers)

19/09/2020 - 22:42

Petros Kavassalis: The Covid-19 crisis is a “massive global event in terms of its impact” (Larry Summers) but it may ALSO be an opportunity to produce new technologies. We understand now that we need to plan short and medium-term technologies that push towards a “touchless economy”, to redesign gov and business operations towards more automation, access control with less physical interaction between people and ambient digital transformation. 

n the years to come, data privacy may become a serious society concern and the object of an ongoing “tussle”. I take the word “tussle” from an older paper by David Clark at MIT. In fact, the data privacy issue looks like the battlefield of “controlled tussles” between competing views and conflicting interests, where the “milieu” is made by democratic governments, conservative regimes, large tech corporations. NGO defending civil liberties, influencers, aficionados of “absolute decentralization” (as we saw recently, in the development of mobile tracing apps, especially in Europe), and so on. 

David has observed that these tussles may never have a final outcome. For that reason, they need to be accommodated through technical architecture. 

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