Still flattening the curve?: Increased risk of digital authoritarianism after COVID-19

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Image by Etienne Girardet used with an Unsplash licence. The coronavirus pandemic has encouraged states to employ digital tools to monitor the spread of the virus and surveil public health data. Expanding state access and control over digital platforms quickly became the new normal, facing little to no objection because of pandemic anxiety. Although the expansion was a strategy to “flatten the curve,” it now carries the risk of digital authoritarianism since governments persist in deepening their digital control capabilities. One of the emerging risks we face now is state-led technological sur…

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