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DIGITAL PRACTICES, PLAYERS, POLICIES Fleur Johns

The following is a brief summary of some of the most significant expressions, in Australia, of the changing relationships between technology and authority manifesting in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. It surveys some emergent governmental practices, key players, and major policy changes concerned with the pandemic and considers who may be gaining or losing from these developments. Practices: growing government recourse to digital technology to mediate relations with constituents At the end of March 2020, the Australian Federal Government launched an iOS- and Android-compatible mobile phone app (the ‘Info App’) and accompanying WhatsApp messaging service, to deliver data and guidance relating to COVID-19 to anyone downloading the app or subscribing to the WhatsApp channel. The Info App publishes daily updates on the national-level caseload, i.e., the cumulative number of confirmed cases, broken down by state and territory, and number of new cases since the preceding day. It also features a symptom checker, advice regarding government programmes and payments to address the

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Data Justice and COVID-19: Global Perspectives  

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

Data Justice and COVID-19: Global Perspectives  

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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