This privacy debate, naturally, falls into the grey territory of what can and should be done in the name of national security and the health and safety of citizens versus their fundamental rights. Ostensibly, one could be abrogated for the other. In being aware of this, a state like Singapore, no stranger to authoritarian impulses, rolled out a similar app that it announced at the start of its release would be eventually made open source. Not only did the government state that its app's specific goal was to control the spread of coronavirus, the only arm of Singapore's government that has had access to app data has been its Ministry of Health. pointed out that the nation's health ministry was minimally involved in the design and implementation of the app, and instead, the app was largely created by other departments, including the dreaded Home Ministry run by Modi's right-hand man Amit Shah, who has been the chief architect of various draconian measures implemented by government … [Read more...] about India’s contact tracing app made open source, but will this thwart a surveillance state?
M&A advisers said large tech companies could still look to consolidate industries such as cloud computing. Oracle, whose cloud offering has lagged behind peers, raised $20 billion from a debt offering in March, which it said would be put towards future acquisitions and other general corporate purposes. … [Read more...] about Big Tech goes on pandemic M&A spree despite political backlash