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Digital dictatorship: How coronavirus destroys democracy

Author : Oleh Posternak

Source : 112 Ukraine

One of the consequences of the coronavirus crisis will be the formation of digital protocols for monitoring the behavior of citizens
22:57, 6 April 2020

www.dw.com

One of the consequences of the coronavirus crisis will be the formation of digital protocols for monitoring the behavior of citizens. Most likely, citizens will accept them voluntarily, as this will be a relative guarantee of preserving their health.

In exchange for weakening the lockdown, Austria is ready to use smartphones to track the location of citizens. For those who do not have smartphones, the government plans to distribute special devices.

Germany, by the hands of the Bundeswehr, is already testing a special mobile application for tracking the trajectory of the population and their social contacts.

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China has long built an effective system of "digital dictatorship." At the peak of the outbreak, Chinese drones patrolled the streets of the cities, and the government introduced a system of "QR health codes" that restrict the movement of people under the pretext of quarantine measures.

Alibaba launched the so-called health code - a person through a special mini-program enters data on his contacts and health status, the program also analyzes geolocation data, purchases data and assigns a color QR code to the person.

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