Despite having announced a ban on such content weeks ago, ads for masks and other medical supplies continue to circulate widely on Facebook and Instagram, raising questions about the platforms’ ability or willingness to protect the public from fraudsters and profiteers in the midst of a pandemic.
The race is on to create an app that uses smart phones to help the authorities track and prevent the spread of the Covid-19. But could such apps cause a contagion of overruled civil liberties and allow private companies to abuse our most personal data?
The debate over Europe’s collective future has reached a critical level. Three countries oppose 'coronabonds', while thirteen see them as essential. The Eurogroup’s President told Investigate Europe: “We are not taking options off the table, as we cannot let this health crisis morph into a deep and protracted economic and financial crisis.”
“Cooperation is essential,” warn the experts. Yet across Europe countries have adopted contradictory strategies to combat Covid-19, taking individualised approaches to testing, preventing contagion and managing medical supplies. We examine the dire impact of contradictory and protectionist measures being implemented by Europe's governments.
While the threat of Covid-19 has resulted in deserted streets in all the major European cities, the first signs of spring have seen people flocking to the beaches in Portugal and Greece, while in Norway this weekend people headed to their holiday cottages in the mountains. In this article Paulo Pena descries how these first weeks of isolation have shown us to be more equal than perhaps we'd like to think.