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tv   All Hail The Lockdown Track It - When Tech Tools Go Viral  Al Jazeera  January 9, 2022 1:30am-2:01am AST

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he's been arrested and charged with treason, indicates that there appears to be a political power struggle that has been going on in kazakhstan between president for kayak and the former president. no. so can, as by, of who, despite having handed over the presidency back in 2019 continued to wield significant power in the country and must seem of was one of his guys at least 56 people reportedly been killed in an air strike in ethiopia, in northern ted choir region strike kids account for a timely, displaced people in the town of dead, a bit near the border with our trail. many of the victims, reportedly children, and the elderly. the attack came shortly after the government and addis ababa announced it was releasing a number of high profile political prisoners. 22 people have died in pockets. dawn, 10 of them. children after getting stuck in the vehicle over night in the middle of a heavy snow storm. thousands of cars were trapped on their way to
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a mountain resort. town off to people, ignored warnings, advising him to go, not go outside in the extreme, whether the military was then called in to help with rescue efforts. the number of people being admitted to hospital in the united states with coven is rising, driven by the high infectious army con, very into the virus. and 1900000 cases reported in the last day, and over 2 and a half 1000 deaths. will court documents have revealed that tennis? oh, no joke. rich tested positive because on december 16th ms. lewis say that's why i had not seen exemption to and to australia, despite that joke of which did attend a number of events at a time without wearing a ma school social distancing footage of which was posted on social media. all hell, the locked down as the program coming up next nazi for myself and the team here in london will see you tomorrow. ah
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ah ah ah ah ah ah. and almost every stage of this pandemic technology has played
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a major role in keeping us going. can't go to the office because with a lot downs work with colleagues, either slack, need hand sanitizer or face mask. all of the next day delivery on amazon school university closed. what class is now happening from the mundane every day? aspects of life, grocery shopping, entertainment, chatting with friends and family, to the much more difficult task of trying to track and control this virus. big tech has been front and center. but in a world where technology has already been developing too fast for regulations and even academic expertise to keep up, it seems the pen demik has left us scarily, exposed to the pitfalls of a sometimes excessively automated and computerized. well, i
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algorithms, big data, artificial intelligence these days, the tech industry seems to have a 6 for almost every problem we face. and while many of these tools made our lives and miserably easier, more efficient, even more fun, we've also come up against something called technological solution is a concept that sees technology playing the superhero and savior in almost every situation. kick rider and intellectual, it's getting more results, has been writing about it. so it's something that i saw as a dominant trend in how we think about the financial of technology. and the way in which we think is defined by enlarge by the garage platform. so silicon valley and digital culture actually valid data, and by and large, this is an imagination, that's very constraint. it imagines problems very narrowly defined. so we're being
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fall park temple, the climate change as the product of us. not turning off the light. we're being told that, you know, it's the consequence of us not 3520 properly since the problem said, define in that's about an hour away. it's very easy to think of a solution that will solve them. and that solution would normally come in the form of an app, and that app will essentially try, i thought that's something that's relatively low hanging fruit at small tweak in how users. so citizens behave, it does not tackle any of the more structural, more fundamental, more difficult parts of the political process and get something that also earned the company behind the solutions, quite a lot of money. so with this my fast, it's of course not surprising that the car in crisis related to call it 19 has generated an abundance of solution. is ecology. one of the most urgent problems in
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the early days, the pen demik was how to track and trace the spread of the corona buyers. think about the she is size of that problem. for every infected person, city or country, information would need to be gathered about where they'd been recently or whom they'd been in contact with. if there were people who'd been in close contact with the closet patient, well the ned, me to be found and advised to self isolate or to take any other health precautions . and let's say if one of those people have found to have developed symptoms, well then the process would have to start afresh. clearly contact casing is cumbersome and when you have to do it at scale and with the speed, it can seem a near impossible task. this makes it appear like the perfect problem for technology to take on. so conduct tracing is an extraordinarily old and very sensible way of going about tracking and tracing. i spoke was shown. mcdonald, who spent more than 10 years building, deploying and critiquing mobile technologies in humanitarian disasters,
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such as infectious disease control. when the patient has positive, we interview a person to know where they've been during that period. and then we use that information to try to track down other people in my contact with in terms of the big change and contact tracing apps from, from analog to digital is that we're moving from and a process that connects people to treatment to a process that communicates risk and communicating risk in the absence of treatment capacity has a very different effect on a population. it can cause fear, it can cause people to go seek more treatment than they otherwise might. and so i think that there's a lot to be examined about the fundamentals of assumptions that go into the digital transformation. that hasn't stopped governments and health authorities from jumping on board from italy to india. more than $150.00 falling app enabled systems have been developed to track the spread of coven 19 summary,
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such as claim that in places like south korea and taiwan. they've helped identify cove at hotspots and the close contacts of patience, but as shown points out from his own experience. monitoring the bowler in 2014 no technologies. perfect. certainly not tech. that is rushed at at the height of a pen demik under the pressure of politics and the threat of that publicity in the bull response. i think it was very early days in understanding a lot of all the algorithms modeling can play. and i think that just like we're seeing the coven responsive, good intentions are everywhere, but good intentions are not good science. rolling out series of apps are meant to provide a coherent overview of something as complex as the transmission of a disease is no small order. in the best of circumstances. and so not only do we not have the sort of facility to evaluate the technology itself, but we very rarely have the ability to understand it in the context, in which it's during his pandemic. rapid access to data has been crucial in helping
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to understand this new strain of karone of ours. how contagious it is what him behavior encourages spread, and how effective physical distancing can be. but the loosening of privacy regulations, and in some cases the outright neglect of privacy requirements to enable quick access to all this data has brought on a storm of criticism. my wife at after is a digital rights research up based in billing. so obviously, the number one major concern about deploying saw jobs is the privacy concern, ah, what data is being collected and where is it being stored? which authorities have access to this data for? how long are they keeping that data and collecting the data? and is it going to be used beyond its purpose? in no way the government's contact tracing up called smid stop. went from being aggressively pushed by the state in april to being hastily and very publicly rolled back in june. when the norwegian data protection authority cited numerous series privacy violations,
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among them was the needless collection of precise location information. sometimes in real time. other apps in places like cut tossing a poor, india have also failed the data privacy test to give people the choice between right to help and rights of privacy. it is in, is it false dichotomy? and it tries to establish a hierarchy of human rights. we shouldn't be making choices, you know, should i save my life and, and be in good health, or should i sacrifice my privacy or just a few of us. we are being monitored and the government knows about our movement, which people we are interacting with, where we going 8 creates that chilling effect location dinner is often some of them was re identifiable data that we create when added to other types of data. it can be used to target some very specific way, so we don't allow just anybody to have access to the technology problems that we're seeing trying to do so are imperfect. and that's a very sympathetic problem. i think most of us should agree that we don't want to
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infect other people and that if you can help me identify people more effectively and that's a good use of our data. the challenge, of course, is that the transmission behavior because we don't know it is very difficult to know how to model it in data in ways that would effectively roll out in technology . i think that we have a little frank up for, for talking about the harms of technology. and so a lot of times what we're talking about are, is the tribe that, or is it secure the data architecture? centralized, refused on to the broader questions are, are we meaningfully impacting the response? are we helping, you know, reduce mortality, increasing the capacity of responders to be effective? and we're not doing those things, then is the technology worth letting out of back in march at a time when pandemic panic was relatively new and felt particularly anxiety and
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juicing israel deployed a contact tracing system that cut straight past privacy regulations in a move that was unique in the world contact tracing in the country was not handled solely by the ministry of health or crisis committee. the government got the shin bit. israel's internal security service involved. every time in israeli tested positive for coven 19 the patient's details, name, id number, and mobile phone number would be passed on to the shin bit. and that's when something called the tool came into play. it's a classified and previously undisclosed intelligence database that's been collecting information on citizens for nearly 2 decades originally designed for national security efforts. the tool works like a dragnet gathering metadata from telecom providers, voice calls, text messages, internet browsing, history, and crucially for digital contact tracing. location data via gps tracking or mobile phone networks. while the content of the conversations and messages are exempt from
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collection, the abundance of personally identifying information is still clearly too much too detailed and unnecessary for the task at hand. citizens also didn't sign up for the tracking system, and crucially weren't able to opt out. i spoke with human rights lawyer, sharon abraham, vice executive director of the association for civil rights in israel, in the original version of the regulations, the ministry of how, who got the she best to try the locations and routes of both. who are the everyone that was in their contact with them in the past 2 weeks, she then investigated and transferred to the ministry of the names and numbers of those persons and the ministry would send the draw in the proximity message and the day must star warranty for 14 days, it's really strange. i imagine my neighbor, or maybe we're city less than 2 meters from each other. ah, maybe many hours a day,
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although we haven't seen each other, we didn't speak with each other. i might get a message saying warranty. one of the things that's important about the israeli genius is a very, very sophisticated technology culture already. and they have very advanced intelligence tools. and so one of the main risks here is that we're starting something that seems like it's aimed in public health and design and measuring spread of the disease very quickly becomes about measuring people shin bit. i mean, the government body itself is very opaque. there's very little transparency, there's very little oversight. there is also when you are deploying technologies or taking measures that could infringe on people's human rights, there needs to be a certain conditions. i mean, one of them is having santa clauses which basically mean an end date to the technology is being used and transparent and clear understanding of which government agencies have access to this data. and how is it being used?
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civil society groups, including the association for civil rights in israel, sounded the alarm in mid march, petitioning the supreme court that the country had ventured into dangerous privacy infringing territory is really, doctors also voice their objection in a joint letter to parliament. these rel, association of public health physicians, and these really medical association said the lack of input from epidemiologists and public health specialists raised the likelihood of errors. by late april, the supreme court ruled that the government, which had sidestep parliament when it brought bush and that into the contact tracing set up needed to get this signed off by lawmakers. the ruling also stated that a suitable alternative compatible with the principles of privacy must be found. it was a victory, but it was temporary. amid a resurgence of corona virus infections in july, israel's parliament authorized the continued use of the shin bet program into
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january 2021. your study president, you're saying okay, we can track people. what do you may well, the next day to give up on this resource? is it right as a default to give your security services this power reassigned? we are and what we're seeing wanted to check their alternative. i mean, i think this is the key issue. the greatest concern is that there is not a crisis, it would be great our crusher to increase the capabilities for a non tara related needs in the future, media lash justification of saving heights. however, it isn't just the government in surveillance. so the dr. the pandemic has opened up opportunities for a number of private cyber intelligence and spyware companies, most of which are run by former members of these railey army. many of them have worked with some of the latest tracking and surveillance technology that it tested on palestinians. in the occupied territories, one of the most notorious israeli cyber intelligence companies is the innocent
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group which claims to work with governments around the world to quote, prevent and investigate terrorism and crime to save thousands of lives. in fact, often than not in a so, has been in the headlines because it's high in surveillance tools have been deployed by states against political activist dissidence human rights campaign. as journalists, even amazon senior jeff bezos in march and a so started developing its 1st quote civilian product who'd fleming and analytics tool marketed to government agencies for tracking people's movements. fleming's powerful analytical algorithms examine, confirm, patients pause and their historical meeting points with others, generating a list of those potentially victims. there are many, many cases of activists and civil society organizations and journalists being tar didn't harassed and arrested using the n s o spyware. and so,
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given that records it's, it's absolutely concerning to, to have them come around. the simon, the pandemic offering helps with their technologies. perhaps this is for them an opportunity to whitewash their image, to say know where they're to help. we have a health and demick, it's a global one. we have solutions, a what i would like to coach most against speaking the marketing brochures repaired by the us, you know, survey as an odd reason. bam. us from kind of altima work on the to it of this all i've been observing for example, facial recognition technology for been a long time. and there, if you looked at the field on a future years ago, you would see that the marketing brochures and the statements made by the industry where completely out of touch was one dose acknowledges were actually capable of deliver face recognition in the newton obasi makes your face feel password, because the marketing hype it's there, and all the pressures there are
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a short period on the between the tools essentially become effective. because so much money's been channeled towards as privacy rights got trampled in the stampede to create contact tracing apps to behemoths of the tech world came together in april engineers at apple and google have been working together to make public health technology that protects individual privacy. so the people never have to choose between their privacy and the health and safety of their community. the to company said they would offer contact tracing software to public health institutions and governments to build their own apps around. at the heart of the system is bluetooth technology. when 2 phones recognized that they are close enough for a long enough period of time, they will tried an anonymous string of code with each other called a key. should one of the phone on his later input, a coded positive status into the app. the information would get pink to all the phones that have been in its proximity. with the previous 2 weeks. the keys are encrypted and constantly changing. but the most important point is that they never
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leave your phone. so there is an, a centralized list of who is interacted with who. the partnership is arguably created one of the most privacy protecting technologies to help track the spread of the current of ours. a smart move in both business and publicity times. when i spoke with ab guinea, he brought the solution is critique to the issue. now i would say that it's more as terrifying to me as many other solutions. good luck. we have to try to reduce our dependence on solutions. what we have to do it in food are conditional. the fact that the public democratic power that can feel dr. akio currently does not exist in the strong form that it would have in order to kind of be resumed and survive. and if that or solution is rockhill, right is not filled then by democratic forces, it will be filled in by the security space. and the, some in space which in its kind of democratic obligations is as bad as the solution
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was our, perhaps more, at least dangerous for a lower back said, listen, listen, the pandemic has provided a jewel boost for the tech industry. at one level, it's presented governments and regulators with the destruction of global proportions, the kindness throwing recent investigations into tech practices and disciplinary hearings of schedule, and lower down the list of priorities. second, it's been a huge business boost despite the many drawbacks and the way that tech is being designed and works in our lives, coven 19 has help cement the tech industry within the private sector. and an increasingly looks like a woman way. some possible to think about technology, for example, as something that would not be provided by technology. because we think, well, what else could it be if you're caught in the snellville paradigm? you would think that there is nothing outside of google a facebook and the only alternative would be kind of centrally planned economy like this. and this is where the solution is and steps and to basically say ok,
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we have accepted this cost. well, we're finding the world according to the liberal template, and here is a now to help us to reach gates and alleviate the pain and the costs. so if there is a real absence or real lack for the most part of people actually saying to technology, and what we've seen is that there are a lot of folks who feel as though there is an inevitably to this concern. is that when you have really brilliant academics, or very large companies deciding that these things are inevitable, what they do is they give political cover to institutions. sure. and then going to move it out. if i could demo x were saying this doesn't accomplish anything. instead of this is how jesus was ation works, the public dialogue about contractors and be very different. so i'm guessing showing you wouldn't put a contact taking up on your bring. no, i wouldn't put it on my phone because i don't want to receive hundreds of
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notifications. loosely, the approximate test for me and privacy is important protection. but what we haven't seen the proven value proposition. and so i wouldn't download it. not because i'm concerned about my privacy, but i wouldn't download it because i don't know what it would do during this pandemic, as both the public and lawmakers had growing ever more reliant on the technologies of silicon valley, the tech industry knows that this is its moment which lot for nothing. and leaders and this and you like carol smith, the former chairman of google has not been saying that she hopes of this crisis has been just how essential and fundamental defend the state gifts. imagine the pandemic without amazon, without google, without apple, without faced book, you'd have go back to the 1918 you'd be operating on great fear. ultimately, this in the city will use the aftermath of the treasures in order to shape
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a much more favorable regulatory edge with themselves. i think all of us should be grateful that these companies are working really hard to help right now. unfortunately, i think they will actually find quite a lot of reception among general public and that it shows the consequences of this . we could have made different decisions 10 years ago, 2 years ago where we were producer, official intelligence for logistics, for cloud computing as a public court, which would not meet us. so defining from the likes of amazon or google or microsoft. and we would deliver maybe a different world, and i would like that. that's one of the far more than my fat it. because right now, there is no way for us to have any non market democratic say in how this infrastructure is effort, because they don't want to the large number of unknown surrounding the current of ours pandemic can make it feel like a problem too big for us to grapple with but what we do know however,
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is that one of the best determinants of mortality is health care system capacity. and we also already know a number of ways to meaningfully invest resources into it. we don't need an app for that. the most important things that are proving their value now are not things that we invented recently. we see good government communication. you see strong patient investment in the capacity and for workers we see strong social safety nets and care networks. bill at the community level of the institutional level and wide range context. and of course technology plays important part and supporting those in supporting those infrastructures. but the rush to invent something that is sort of pushed to the miracle cure or solution or whatever else is often very distracting from i think the things that we know to be most important. i don't want to downplay the role of technology here. technology enables people to share information and to access information like never before. it enables us to have the
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interview, though it allows us to continue our lives with as little disruption as possible. but we don't want to live in a world that enable master valence. and therefore, it is our responsibility to understand that we're not just idle watchers. the pandemic is not permanent. what it will be permanent is how much are we allowing to go unnoticed? and the question we have billed the world in the past few decades on the assumption that competition should be in the center of social coordination. and we have seen that the consequences are far from being positive all of us. so bracing so many barriers you as a way to organize society as something very tangible. it serve as a guide and not just as an abstract idea who they are. good more
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frank assessments, this crisis is continued to weaken luca shenker, even though perhaps he believes in the beginning that it looks bank for informed opinions. i think politicians will now be under incredible pressure from the young people. that is one of the most helpful things to come out of this critical debate . do you think i should be facilitated? not sure. okay, it's a great. it's a really simple question. let's give samuel a child. wants that inside story on al jazeera with blue ah,
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