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Coronavirus marks a transition from “over the skin” to “under the skin” surveillance

Coronavirus marks a transition from “over the skin” to “under the skin” surveillance Coronavirus marks a transition from “over the skin” to “under the skin” surveillance
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You might argue that there is nothing new about all this. In recent years both governments and corporations have been using ever more sophisticated technologies to track, monitor and manipulate people. Yet if we are not careful, the epidemic might nevertheless mark an important watershed in the history of surveillance. Not only because it might normalise the deployment of mass surveillance tools in countries that have so far rejected them, but even more so because it signifies a dramatic transition from “over the skin” to “under the skin” surveillance. 

Hitherto, when your finger touched the screen of your smartphone and clicked on a link, the government wanted to know what exactly your finger was clicking on. But with coronavirus, the focus of interest shifts. Now the government wants to know the temperature of your finger and the blood-pressure under its skin. 

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Source : Yuval Noah Harari: the world after coronavirus, Financial times, 20, March, 2020.

I totally agree with you, the pandemic that is currently affecting our world has accelerated the system of surveillance by governments.

By romaindauriach | 23/03/2020

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