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PROCURE MENT RESPONSE Bianca Wylie

To support rapid policy responses to the pandemic, governments around the world are working with the private sector in a range of ways: from factory conversions for medical gear and technology development to quick regulatory approvals and supply chain interventions. There is a lot of public interest on the table, and it is all happening fast. In early April 2020, Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, made an announcement about a COVID-19 contract that the federal government had signed with Amazon Canada. Three features of this procurement stand out as notable: a lack of information available to the public about what the contract contained, the government stating that Amazon was doing the contract ‘at cost, not profit’, and the reputational laundering that this deal does for Amazon through the legitimacy of the Canadian federal government at a time the company’s treatment of its warehouse workers is making international headlines.

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Data Justice and COVID-19: Global Perspectives  

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped how social, economic, and political power is created, exerted, and extended through technology. Through c...

Data Justice and COVID-19: Global Perspectives  

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped how social, economic, and political power is created, exerted, and extended through technology. Through c...

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