Initially, I was planning to do a mini-series on “privacy” and “security” but I realised that it would be beyond the remit of the blog. There are numerous sources (and better than me) to illustrate these examples. However, the coronavirus (as a healthcare emergency) has spawned in the era of the digital economy, so it would be worthwhile to explore the health and privacy example. I would expand my thoughts on surveillance at a later date but this blog is a compelling idea.
Multiple countries have declared a state of emergency, closed off air traffic, and initiated quarantine measures to fight the virus. Aside from that, governments are introducing surveillance systems aimed to slow down the pandemic by controlling the infected people. The main tool for this job is technology.
In this piece, we investigate how different countries use smartphones, CCTV, and biometrics to fight the coronavirus, and look for the line between collecting data to protect people and total surveillance.