Data, privacy and power are back on the agenda but is anything different?

Data and privacy are back on the agenda and so, too, is power. We knew that data would trigger arguments and counter-arguments about who owns the enormous amounts of data involved and who has the right to do what. Power is back on the agenda, mainly because of last week’s extraordinary events in Washington, DC. Whatever your view of those events, it demonstrated one equally extraordinary fact that the biggest of the big tech companies have the power to shut down the President of the United States. Still, the discussion here must be about whether big tech is too big and too powerful, a point Jouko Ahvenainen raises here.

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