🗣Most countries around the #world are making it mandatory for residents to download contact-tracing #apps. However, the question remains as to how much of our #data stays private and whether this gives into the #phenomenon of surveillance capitalism. .
“Any kind of #crisis has led to this – as we know historically. After 9/11, people gave up a lot of their civil rights. This caused backlash, but then after a lot of introspection, people started realizing that the shift had happened. And this is no different,” Dr. Faisal Farooq, Principal #scientist and Head of #digital #health #research at #qatar Computing Research Institute (#qcri ), says. .
However, Dr. Farooq does highlight that as researchers, especially from the computer #science and #technology sector, their responsibility should be to create solutions that draw a fine balance between #privacy and #civil_rights. .
“There is the policy side of things where we can definitely enforce our influence – this is where we create solutions to solve problems while also taking into consideration the issues of privacy. It should not be a case of giving up one thing to get another.” .
📍Contact-tracing is a #disease control tactic that usually relies on the movements of patients and identifies people that might have been #infected so they can #self -isolate. It is a data exchange #platform , and data exchange platforms are being viewed as #critical in dealing with the #pandemic. .
Data is being created and consumed at alarming rates. Unfortunately, much of this data could be fake or just opinions not backed by scientific analysis, and this data cannot be used in policymaking.
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