From South Korea to Norway, our honeymoon with COVID-19 apps is already over

Since China’s contact tracing system went live in February, around 30 countries have released official contract tracing apps. An evolution of traditional contact tracing systems, what seemed a few months ago to be a daunting yet exciting technological innovation has already reached a turning point. A range of privacy rows have ensued, and according toContinue reading “From South Korea to Norway, our honeymoon with COVID-19 apps is already over”

COVID-19, data protection, and the consolidation of the Indian surveillance state

India’s contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu (meaning “bridge to health” in Sanskrit), was released on April 2. The app is similar in many ways to other contact tracing apps, but it looked mainly to the model of China: you input data about yourself including your name, age, and travel history; the app enables Bluetooth andContinue reading “COVID-19, data protection, and the consolidation of the Indian surveillance state”

South Korea’s surveillance system is still suffering from growing pains

South Korea has been fast to combat COVID-19, quickly controlling what was at one point the largest outbreak outside of China. The country has experience dealing with influenza outbreaks, in 2012 it dealt with the second-largest outbreak of MERS, with 182 cases and 32 deaths. This time, test kits were developed as soon as theContinue reading “South Korea’s surveillance system is still suffering from growing pains”