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LESSONS FROM THE HIV PANDEMIC

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Dragana Kaurin

The COVID-19 pandemic is the first in which digital contact tracing has been deployed widely—including in India, China, South Korea, France, Germany, and the US, where it has been heavily criticised by a number of civil society organisations. Many authors in the Country Dispatches section of this volume have expressed privacy concerns about smartphone-based contact-tracing solutions, the loss of agency and consent about one’s own data, and its repurposing for surveillance.1 It is therefore worth asking whether digital contact tracing would even work in the first place—considering that we are dealing with a virus that we are still struggling to understand and manage—and what the consequences are of relying too much on quantitative data analysis and technological solutions. In a rush to provide all the relevant information about the new virus to the public, media sources have often provided conflicting information and advice from government institutions, epidemiologists, and public health organisations. In this era of hyperconnectivity, misinformation has spread widely and quickly, causing panic and stigma towards those who have

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The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped how social, economic, and political power is created, exerted, and extended through technology. Through c...

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The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped how social, economic, and political power is created, exerted, and extended through technology. Through c...

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