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Voices of Europe: Democracy, Freedom and Technology
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Brussels in 2016, the EU has preferred to reduce the use of facial recognition technologies, even if the price is the loss of the ability to prevent future attacks. The values of privacy prevail, still, over the public interest to prevent acts of violence.
Despite the Union’s attempts to reduce the use of biometric data, market forces have a pace of their own and the world is galloping forward towards a networked future of shared information. The Covid-19 crisis has raised questions of invasion of privacy under the guise of a government policy to preserve public health, and the effects will continue to haunt us for a long time to come.
Is the EU waging a losing battle against the technology giants and the widespread use of the services they offer? And is it the EU's job at all to censor the internet? Oren Nahari hosts Prof. Karine Nahon, President of the Israeli Internet Association and Prof. Barbara Prainsack, Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna, and together they try to answer the question - can the river of information be controlled?