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A “Bridge to Health” divides India

India's health app
Analysis

The Indian government faces strong pushback from civil society for mandating the use of a privacy-intrusive COVID-19 tracing app. The heated legal debate resembles the previous one over the country’s controversial biometric ID system Aadhaar.

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One app per province? How Canada’s federalism complicates digital contact tracing

Chairs on Toronto public transit have signs reminding riders to physically distance themselves
Analysis

A strong sense of regional sovereignty in the Canadian health care system may lead to different choices for technologies to track and contain the spread of the coronavirus. A multiplicity of non-interoperable apps could put their effectiveness in question and could create inconsistent approaches to privacy.

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We need a democratic debate on tech, privacy and social rights

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Tech will not free us from coronavirus, but it can provide us with helpful tools – if we foster an open and democratic debate on how to use it. 

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The bio-surveillance state: an emerging new normal in Asia

A district in Xian, China
Analysis

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred the use of digital technologies that are shaping people's lives and interaction with society. The development of apps to monitor the movements and health status of individual citizens will have long-term implications for privacy and safety. Nowhere is this more visible than in Asia.

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