Councils urged to take on data firms

By Martin Ford | 06 August 2020

Councils should be empowered to acquire and make use of digital data for the benefit of communities and challenge the dominance of big tech companies, a new report has argued.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think-tank found that developments during the coronavirus crisis such as contact-tracing apps have served to increase the collection, storage, analysis and application of data by a relatively small number of multinational firms.

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