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online platforms (e.g. Dingxiangyuan and Tencent) allow provincial-level, municipal-level and district-level monitoring of tests, confirmed cases, recovery and mortality rates, and comprehensive news reports. Once the local health administration departments released those announcements, China’s data scientists utilised their expertise to inform the public of the epidemiological trends and tolls almost in real time, along with data-driven maps.17 This expertise has been shaped by China’s recent experience of immense datafication: it has been described as ‘the Saudi Arabia of Data’18—that is, a country with vast pools of data derived from the population’s use of digital technology. Finally, in the face of a pandemic, the Chinese public bore a collective responsibility for weighing procedural justice against technological efficiency—and arguably, success in legitimising or justifying technological interventions is not necessarily subject to moral, ethical, and behavioural acceptance and implementation of normative values. We may agree that normative values are deeply rooted in regional cultures and historical vicissitudes; and in this particular case, most Chinese people might consider individual rights as a worthwhile trade-off for the state’s interests, because the state has been conceptualised as a collective community where all lives are bound and intertwined in the pandemic. We might ask ourselves what that trade-off looks like in democracies.

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