‘You Can’t Put the Genie Back in the Bottle’: Oliver Gale on Data Privacy Amid Tech Evolution

Tiffany Meier
By Tiffany Meier
February 19, 2022China in Focus

In this special episode, we sat down with Oliver Gale, co-founder and CEO of Panther Protocol, and Bonnie Glaser, director of the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. In the first half, we hear from Gale on the report that TikTok can access full users’ data, bypassing Apple and Google protections, and how TikTok plays into Ukraine-Russia tensions.

Gale said: “The beautiful thing about where we are is that technology—it comes out like Pandora’s box, you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. So where we are, it’s necessary that we evolve: regulation evolves, commerce evolves, data ownership evolves. And we’re beginning to see that. And so I think we’re at a very important moment in history, where this either goes down as the moment where we lost it all and we sunk into this dystopian world in which every street corner monitors us and every action we take is not one that is truly free, or it’s the moment in history where we say technology enables greater degrees of freedom and sovereignty, how we can make a safer, more protected world where my rights are not extracted by, you know, the surveillance economy.”

As for the Russia-Ukraine situation and how China could play in, Glaser said, “China could be watching closely to see how Russia successfully operates with hybrid warfare against Ukraine, and learn lessons for how it can similarly effectively use hybrid warfare against Taiwan in order to coerce Taiwan to do what China wants: to engage in political talks, to agree to unification. So there are definitely tactics that Russia could demonstrate that China could learn from.”

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