COVID AND FREE TRADE: Workers countering Big Tech in the post-Covid era – Unions For Trade Justice

COVID AND FREE TRADE: Workers countering Big Tech in the post-Covid era

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While the Covid-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented health crisis and is predicted to have devastating economic impacts, technology giants such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple are thriving. Control over data and digital intelligence is the key ingredient of power in the emerging digital society, increasingly shaping the global economic, social and political order. This will be even more so in the post-Covid new economic order.

As tech giants emerge as the undisputed winners of the Covid-19 crisis, they continue to use free trade agreements to protect themselves from regulation. This webinar will address these issues from the perspective of their implications for workers. It will be the opportunity to launch two recent publications by Public Services International.

The recording of the webinar is available here.


Kate Lappin, Public Services International, Asia Pacific
Digital Governance and Public Service Workers

Uma Rani, International Labour Organisation, Switzerland
Labour Rights and the Power of Big Tech

Parminder Jeet Singh, IT for Change, India
Economic Rights in a Data-Based Society

Jane Kelsey, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Digital Trade Rules: Surrendering Public Good to Private Players

Moderator: Malou Mangahas, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism


Economic rights in a data-based society, by Parminder Jeet Singh

Digital trade rules and Big Tech: Surrendering public good to private power, by Jane Kelsey