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Wed Apr 8, 2020, 03:16 AM

Technology Can Help Get Us Through This

However, it's going to seem a bit creepy at first...

First is an approach being used in several Asian countries:
Our cellphones and smartphones have several means of logging our activity. GPS tracks our location, and Bluetooth exchanges signals with nearby devices. In its most basic form, cellphone tracing might go like this: If someone tests positive for COVID-19, health officials could obtain a record of that person’s cellphone activity and compare it with the data emitted by other phone owners. If officials saw any GPS overlaps (e.g., data showing that I went to a McDonald’s hot spot) or Bluetooth hits (e.g., data showing that I came within several feet of a new patient), they could contact me and urge me to self-isolate, or seek a test.

The UAE took it one step further. They use phone tracing for cases. However, they also instituted digital passes to leave home. In real time, they can literally control crowding even with vital services.
No digital pass, you are arrested and fined if you are outside your home.


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Response to JCMach1 (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 05:16 AM

1. What if you leave your home without your phone, accidentally or on purpose

in an attempt to foil the authorities? What if you "lost it behind the couch cushions" or "forgot it" or "thought it was in your purse" or "it stopped working"? Are you going to be caught or otherwise tracked? (Perhaps this is where the data from license plate recognition and face recognition and electronic bank transactions come into play.) Will you be interrogated as to why you're not carrying your personal tracking device?

(Does anyone remember when we didn't all carry tracking devices around with us all day?)

Sigh. I know, technology is neither good or bad, it's just how we use it. But sometimes it's still difficult to tell what is the good and what is the bad.

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Response to royable (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 10:34 AM

2. in UAE, your pass is there. You risk arrest and fines.

You don't leave home without the pass for anything.

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