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Big Tech and COVID-19 are fueling networked authoritarianism

Growing border industrial complex means that borders will be everywhere and nowhere

| Southeast Asia
A poster simulating facial recognition software in Beijing: facial recognition technology will allow borders to expand beyond points of entry.   © Reuters

Lizzie O'Shea is a human rights lawyer. She is author of "Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us about Digital Technology."

One of the central themes of our COVID-19 world has been the fortification of borders in the name of containing the virus, further solidifying the nexus between the tech industry and government.

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