Parminder Jeet Singh contributed to the plenary meeting on “Criticism of Globalisation in the Digital World: Big Data, Technology Giants and Counter-force”, organised by the Karibu Foundation as part of the Norwegian Social Forum, from 4 - 6 September. The theme of the 2020 forum was “From Crisis to Struggle”, focusing on peoples’ mobilisation for change.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, most people have been forced to go digital. We send and share information and data at an enormous speed. Everything from work to activism, socalisation and marital breakdown happens online. The world is becoming increasingly digital, and technology giants like Facebook, Apple and Amazon have almost doubled their profits during the pandemic. Their power over society is growing at the same rate; How have these technology giants been given a place at the top of society’s throne? How can we regain democratic control in the digital world? What can we learn from the globalisation-critical movement of the 1990s and the Occupy movement after the financial crisis? How do we mobilise to a new wave of opposition to such globalisation, and gain traction? These were some of the questions addressed in the discussion.
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