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several steps along the way where the chain of command it seemed like try to cover what's your take on why they've gotten this so wrong. that means political malpractice, the bottom line on us politics and policies, and the impact on the wealth on al jazeera ah, ah, at almost every stage of this pandemic technology has played a major role in keeping us going. can't go to the office because people don't work with colleagues or the slack need hand sanitizer or they smash all of the next day
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. delivery on amazon school university, closed more classes. and now happening from the mundane, everyday 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 to foster regulations and even academic expertise to keep up, it seems the pen demik has left a scarily exposed to the pitfalls of a sometimes excessively automated and computerized world the algorithms, big data, artificial intelligence, these days the tech industry seems to have a 6 for most,
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every problem we face. and while many of these tools made our lives miserably easier, more efficient, even more fun, we've also come up against something called technological solution is a concept as the technology playing to suit the hero and savior in almost every situation, kicklider and intellectual, it's getting more results has been riding 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 invalid have data. and by and large, this is an imagination, that's very great. it imagines problems very narrowly defined. so we're being told her example that 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 recycling properly. and since the problems are
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defined 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 into form of an app. and that app will essentially try to address something that's relatively low hanging fruit at a small tweak in how users. so citizens behave, it does not facto any of the more structural, more fundamental, more difficult parts of the political process and get something that also earns the company behind the solutions. quite a lot of money. so was this in south? ah, it's of course not surprising that the current crisis related to call it 19 has generated an abundance of solution is technology. one of the most urgent problems in the early days of the pandemic was how to track and trace the spread of the corona virus. think about the she is size of that problem. for every infected person,
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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 clothing patient, well the need me to be found in advice 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 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 visits. i spoke with sean mcdonald, who has spent more than 10 years building, deploying and critiquing. mobile technologies in humanitarian disasters, 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
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information to try and track down other people in my contact with in terms of the big change in contact tracing apps from from analog to digital is that we're moving from 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 are assumptions that go into the digital transformation. contractors that has the 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, such as claim that in places like south korea and taiwan. they've helped identify clothing hotspots and the close contacts of patients. but as shown points out from his own experience, monitoring
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a 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 the will the algorithm model and can play. and i think that just labor, seeing the coven responses, 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 the 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 this pandemic. rapid access to data has been crucial in helping to understand this new strain of corona bars. how contagious it is, what human behavior encourages spread, and how effective physical distancing can be. but the loosening of privacy
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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 i always say the number one major concern about deploying such apps is the privacy concern ah, what data is being collected? where is it being stored? which authorities have access to this data for? how long are they keeping that data and collecting that data? and is it going to be used beyond its purpose? in no way, the government's contact tracing app called smith stopped, 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 numer series privacy violations 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
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right and health and rights of privacy. it is in, is it falsely caught me and 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, it creates the chilling effect location dinner is often some of them was re identifiable data that we create when added to other touchy data. it can be used to target or 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 would agree that we don't want to, in fact other people. and that if we can help you identify people more effectively and that's a good use of our data. the challenge, of course,
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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 will 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 try that or is it secure the data architecture? centralized, refused to enjoy. 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 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
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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 by gps tracking, or mobile phone networks. while the content of the conversations and messages are exempt from 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
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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 those who are in 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 ask did they 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, 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
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genius is a very, very sophisticated technology culture already. and they have very advanced intelligence tools. and so one of the main risks year is that we're starting something that seems like it's aimed in public health and designed 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 as 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? 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
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ventured into dangerous privacy infringing territory. israeli 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 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?
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is it right as a default to give your security services this power, you say more than what we're seeing wanted check their alternatives. 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 lives. 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 tested on palestinians in the occupied territories. one of the most notorious israeli cyber intelligence companies is the innocent 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,
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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 activists, 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 you think 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, 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
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opportunity to whitewash their image, to say no, we are there 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, not our way of school. and treating bound us some kind of altima work on the tudor . this all i've been observing for example, facial recognition technology for very long time. and there, if you look at the field benefits of years ago, you would see that the marketing brochures and the statements made by the industry where completely out of touch was world dos. acknowledges were actually capable of deliver face recognition in the newton obasi makes her face feel password because the market in there and i'll be pleasures there for a short period. i'd be completely happy tools essentially become effective because so much money's been channeled towards as privacy rights got trampled in the
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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 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
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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 doubt lakia currently does not exist in the strong form that it would have in order to kind of be resumed and survive. and if that all solution is lacking, right, is not filled then by democratic forces. it will be filled in by the secretive states and the sub, an states which in its kind of democratic obligations is as bad as the solution is our perhaps more at less dangerous for a lower back said the solicitors. the pandemic has provided a jill boost for the tech industry. at one level,
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it's presented governments and regulators with the destruction of global proportions. the kindness throwing recent investigations into tech practices and disciplinary hearings off 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. it's impossible 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 are that you would think that there is nothing outside of google a facebook. and the only alternative will be kind of centrally planned economy like the soviet union. and this is where the solution is and steps and to basically say ok, we have accepted this cost which well, we're finding the world according to the liberal templates. and here is
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a now to help us to reach gates and alleviate the pain and the costs go. 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. the 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 without. if i could demick were saying this doesn't accomplish anything. instead of this is how jesus was ation works, the public dialogue about contact tracy and be very different. so i'm guessing showing you wouldn't put a contact typing up on your thing. no, i wouldn't put it on my phone because i don't want to receive hundreds of notifications. loosely, the approximate test for me and privacy is important protection. but what we
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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 eric smith, the former chairman of google has not been saying to 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 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.
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unfortunately, i think they will actually find quite a lot of reception among general public and that it shows the consequences of this is we could have made different decisions 10 years ago, a few years ago where we were producer, official intelligence for logistics, for cloud computing, as a public court which would not meet us. so depending from the likes of amazon or google or microsoft and we would be living in a very different world. and i would like that. that's one of the far more than the fat it, because 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 unknowns 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, 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
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that. the most important things that are improving their value now are not things that we invented research. we see good government communication. we see strong patient investment in the capacity of workers. you 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 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 interview, though it allows us to continue our lives with as little destruction as possible. but we don't want to live in a world that enable master valence. and therefore,
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