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New #digitalrights language needed; stating mass surveillance isn’t the answer/a human rights violation unlikely to win allies in governments or among the citizenry at this time...

For what’s the response to, “what are the alternatives?”


7. (And this one goes for the whole gamut)…
10. The “watchmen’s black book”, but in public service vehicles and motorcycles in Kenya.
(Obfuscation will be a workaround, especially if the govt uses it’s coercive hand to be enforce. 🤷🏾‍♀️)…
12. Any country responded to the legality, proportionality tenets (I suppose necessity is evident) on tracking people thusly?…
“Emergencies often provide the best opportunities for the subversion of democratic principles.”
“The complexity of surveillance in this age is when something like public health surveillance is implicated in commercial surveillance ...There’s no way to disentangle them.”…
Possible compromise, if backed by binding, transparent agreements:

“Whatever extra measures we use to deal with coronavirus, they have to expire when coronavirus ends.”
“Data can either be useful or perfectly anonymous but never both.”…
13. The UN is seemingly partnering with any and ALL the #BigTech platforms to combat covid.
What could go wrong?
“Citizens in fear of contagion might start liking the idea of ubiquitous and decentralized surveillance as a service, as evidenced by the popularity of coronavirus symptom-tracking apps.”…
“Politics involves formal negotiation, but gossip and informal deal-making matter as well.”
“A fearful public might get all too accustomed to mobile tools to surveil themselves and each other. We have some idea how to protect democracy against a data-hungry state. If the risk comes from data-hungry citizens, we may not know where to start.”
13. In what is a very interesting development, the 🇺🇸 resorts to contact-tracing, the “old school way”! Apps and all will complement this, not the other way around.

Back to basics? 🤷🏾‍♀️…
14. Narrative shift alert!

“None of the apps rolled out in 🇨🇳 are replacements for traditional epidemic-fighting strategies such as human-led contact tracing – identifying those who fall ill, finding those with whom they have recently been in contact, and quarantining them.”
“Tech experiments have been layered over other epidemic-fighting infrastructure, so judging their utility is difficult. Often left out of the conversation is at what point tech applications become useful, and when they are no longer.”
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