An arms race is under way that will deeply affect the future for working people, in Australia, and everywhere.
It’s not about who is building next-generation nuclear weapons or who controls South-China Sea.
Instead, it’s a struggle over who controls data, who has the best data, how unions use data to achieve industrial and political objectives, how corporations use data to control workers, consumers and democracy, and how political parties use and regulate data.
The data-wars are here, workers are losing, and unions are being destroyed.
Organisations are blundering about with our personal information with little idea of how to handle it safely, or even what to do with it.
When new tech products or social media platforms arrive, there's a tendency to act first and ask questions later.
Yes, it's exciting that a smart-speaker can tell you the weather, but what are the consequences of having one in your home, constantly listening?
This is just one question the Australia Institute wants to put on the agenda, with its new think tank, the 'Centre for Responsible Technology'.