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 March 2, 2020  Posted by  Featured News, Healthcare, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Paul Mozur, Raymond Zhong and Aaron Krolik report:

As China encourages people to return to work despite the coronavirus outbreak, it has begun a bold mass experiment in using data to regulate citizens’ lives — by requiring them to use software on their smartphones that dictates whether they should be quarantined or allowed into subways, malls and other public spaces.

But a New York Times analysis of the software’s code found that the system does more than decide in real time whether someone poses a contagion risk. It also appears to share information with the police, setting a template for new forms of automated social control that could persist long after the epidemic subsides.

Read more on the New York Times.

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