NEW STATESMAN: How the fight against coronavirus paves the way for technological authoritarianism

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Release date: 23/3/2020

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Ian Bruff, lecturer in European politics at Manchester University, warns that laws set to expire after their stipulated “sunset clause” can be redeployed for other uses. “Government proposals to ban public gatherings, for instance, which make sense in the context of a pandemic, could easily, once on the statue books, be mobilised for a number of other purposes,” he explains.

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TitleHow the fight against coronavirus paves the way for technological authoritarianism
Media name/outletNews Statesman
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date23/03/20
DescriptionIan Bruff, lecturer in European politics at Manchester University, warns that laws set to expire after their stipulated “sunset clause” can be redeployed for other uses. “Government proposals to ban public gatherings, for instance, which make sense in the context of a pandemic, could easily, once on the statue books, be mobilised for a number of other purposes,” he explains.
URLhttps://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/privacy/2020/03/coronavirus-surveillance-technological-authoritarianism-lockdown
PersonsIan Bruff