"If we are indeed seeing how critical digital connectivity is in times of crisis, should these networks, and our data, really be in the hands of private players like Google, Amazon, and Apple? If public funds are paying for so much of it, should the public also own and control it? If the internet is essential for so much in our lives, as it clearly is, should it be treated as a nonprofit public utility?"
"In each case, we face real and hard choices between investing in humans and investing in technology. Because the brutal truth is that, as it stands, we are very unlikely to do both."
The only thing I'd challenge Naomi on is her tendency to reduce "technology" to the corporate datafarms. Investing in free code tech, based on open standards, is also an investment in humans and the public interest.
Also investing in things like local vaccine production facilities might be slightly human-related.
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