Techdirt Podcast Episode 245: Pandemic Privacy

from the ethical-questions dept

COVID-19 has thrust old questions about privacy into the spotlight, often with new and different framing, and has raised the big question of whether our conception of privacy needs to change entirely in the midst of a pandemic. On this week's episode, we're joined by reporter, analyst and investor Esther Dyson to discuss the challenging ethical quandaries raised by the pandemic.

Also, as a bonus, Dyson (who is a former founding chair of ICANN) takes a moment at the beginning to respond to our recent episode with Mike Godwin.

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Jun 2020 @ 6:22pm

    Imperialism has intensified and spread worldwide the most virulent
    racist practices and ideology. Racism is built into US imperialism and
    imperial culture feeds on and creates racism. Racism is institutionalized as a
    system of control and containment, necessary to enforce the exploitation
    and oppression of colonized people. In the Third World, racism takes the
    form of cultural warfare, the displacement of populations and genocide.

    Pandemics for white people only are coming next. White people will stay inside while people of color take over the means of production.

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    Zane (profile), 9 Jun 2020 @ 11:51pm

    Interesting discussion, particularly like the points about the cost and who is paying for it for those who are having to isolate and the economics for the individual. But also the society wide issue of having people who perhaps should be isolating and are not isolating because they are concerned about feeding their children. It just makes me think more seriously about a major change in how we do things, and perhaps Universal Basic Income in some form could be the answer.

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 Jun 2020 @ 12:08am

      Universal Basic Income

      As food prices climb and real incomes decline, broad sectors of the population are beset by mounting debt, loss of savings, fear for jobs.

      Food production, distribution, and agricultural land have become
      concentrated in monopolies ((jailer! agribusiness) since World War II, with
      reliance on fertilizers, pesticides, new methods of drying and storage and
      mechanization that consume enormous amounts of energy. Agribusiness
      rests on the super-exploitation of farm workers and share-croppers on the
      one hand, and giant programs of government subsidies (welfare for the rich)
      to keep vast stretches of fertile land deliberately unproductive. This is to
      keep prices up in the US. H amounts to government-enforced shortage,
      malnutrition for millions of people in the US, hunger and starvation for the
      world's people. Universal basic income would fix that.

      Of all the consequences of the US use of world resources for profit,
      the most serious is beginning to come to the fore: a major crisis in the world
      food supply. What is experienced here as shortages and high prices is
      translated in the Third World as real famine and paralysis of industrial
      development. The US with its mechanized agribusiness lias a monopoly on
      food exporting, and it controls a vast sector of the food-producing land in
      the world. A rise in food prices devastates Third World countries. They must
      depend on the US for food. Agricultural la mi throughout, the Third World is
      turned info a plantation system of "cash crop*;" 1 by imperialism (tobacco,
      rubber, coffee, cotton). Two thirds of all the arable, land in Latin America is
      planted with non-nutritious eash crops — weallh for the colonizers, not food
      for the people. South Vietnam, once the rice howl of Southeast Asia, is now
      forced to import "miracle" rice from the US. Imperialism's irrational use of
      agricultural resources to produce vast quantities of meat to feed some of the
      US population means that the amount of protein wasted by US agriculture is
      comparable to the protein deficiency of the rest of the world. Universal basic income would fix that.

      Starvation, hunger and food shortages will unleash and sharpen ail
      the. basic contradictions. The imperialists will respond with solutions like
      population control, war, and greater monopoly power. Hut hunger is too
      stark and the conflict irreconcilable. This contradiction could well define the
      coming period. Universal basic income would fix that.

      Or was it contact tracing that would fix it, I forget. Or self isolation. Or saying "hands up don't shoot" 100 times in the dark when you're alone. It's one those things....

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