Surveillance in the COVID-19 Normal: Tracking, tracing, and snooping - tradeoffs in safety and autonomy in the e-city

Michael K. McCall, Margaret M. Skutsch, Jordi Honey-Roses

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    Abstract

    The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of surveillance technologies in cities around the world. The new surveillance systems are unfolding at unprecedented speed and scale in response to the fears of COVID-19, yet with little discussion about long-term consequences or implications. The authors approach the drivers and procedures for COVID-19 surveillance, addressing a particular focus to close-circuit television (CCTV) and tracking apps. This paper describes the technologies, how they are used, what they are capable of, the reasons why one should be concerned, and how citizens may respond. No commentary should downplay the seriousness of the current pandemic crisis, but one must consider the immediate and longer-term threats of insinuated enhanced surveillance, and look to how surveillance could be managed in a more cooperative social future.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)27-44
    Number of pages18
    JournalInternational Journal of E-Planning Research
    Volume10
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021

    Keywords

    • Citizen Response
    • Confidentiality
    • COVID-19
    • Phone Apps
    • Security
    • Surveillance
    • Tracing
    • Tracking
    • Urban Monitoring

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