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Pandemic has thrown up unexpected issues of the digital age

The spread of disinformation can fan panic. Privacy issues also emerge when governments use tech for surveillance.

Nowadays, anyone with a smartphone can broadcast news online. Pictures or data can sow panic fast and widely.

IN HIS 2015 TED talk, Bill Gates said that epidemics have replaced nuclear warfare as the No. 1 threat that can wipe out tens of millions of lives globally. His words could not have been more prescient.

Today, the Covid-19 pandemic is the biggest crisis the world is facing since the Cold...

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