Saturday, April 04, 2020
How stable will tech companies remain during a prolonged pandemic?
David McCabe writes in the New York Times about the tech companies, as likely to somehow come out “ahead” in the coronavirus crisis.
It would be important that they can keep their servers running, capacity and bandwidth, and can handle support tickets with most workers at home.
Servers are located all over the country, usually in the exurbs or larger cities and their workforces are probably not exposed to the worst concentrations of infection.
It would also be important that there not be political pressure on hosts or platforms (which are already tightening up on misinformation and have had free speech battles since essentially 2017) to cut off “non essential” users according to somebody’s political (maybe Marxist) calculation. It would also be critical that the president's emergency powers don't interefere.