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Guest Post: 'Using Digital Surveillance to Combat COVID-19: What the 9/11 Era Can (And Cannot) Teach US'   [open html - 0B]

From the Background: "Much has been written [...] about the use of mobile phones for the purpose of achieving faster and more comprehensive contact tracing. The idea has gained traction following the introduction of such measures in South Korea, Singapore, and elsewhere. [...] We still know relatively little about how this virus operates, and we have yet to employ testing at a scale that would help such tech-based solutions succeed. Nor will a mobile app or similar software eliminate the important, painstaking work of traditional contact tracing and other measures like social distancing. In other words, we need to be sober in our expectations.[...] If we are thinking of adopting some form of surveillance, particularly one that might involve government (whether through the limited collection of anonymized data or through more invasive measures like mandating the use of apps or using electronic surveillance for quarantine enforcement), we are not working from a blank slate. We have been learning in real time for the last two decades."

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2020-05-09
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