Beware tech firms playing government

Last April, when 34 technology companies announced their membership of a Cyber-security Tech Accord, it was portrayed as proof that the private sector was, at long last, taking responsibility for protecting civilians online - something governments had conspicuously failed to do.

Since then, the ranks of signatories to the self-imposed cyber-security standards have more than doubled.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 19, 2019, with the headline 'Beware tech firms playing government'. Print Edition | Subscribe