SINGAPORE (Jan 10): At the start of the just-ended decade, technology, for the most part, was seen as a force for good. Ten years on, platforms like Google and Facebook are being mocked for their callousness on data privacy and the spread of misinformation. The New York Times described the 2010s “the decade tech lost its way”. Ironically, the decade had begun with the “Arab Spring” and social media was hailed as an enabler of democracy and freedom of expression. As the curtain fell on tech’s “decade horribilis”, there was renewed hope that it might yet deliver on its promise.

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