From the COVIDSafe app and epidemiological modelling to remote working and online health consultations, responses to the pandemic reflect a widespread and varied embrace of digital technologies. Accordingly, the methods of managing the massive disruptions to daily life have generated huge amounts of data. Accompanying data creation are wider patterns of note: growing reliance on technosocial infrastructure, new modes of population governance and the exponential rise of Big Tech firms in market share. This panel brings together experts who have studied disruptive technologies, internet governance and surveillance, with the aim of analysing the implications of these interconnected trends, particularly as they manifest against the backdrop of inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic. In reflecting on these patterns and relationships, the panellists identify critical governance challenges moving forward and changing regulatory dynamics.
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