Season 1, CHATROOM 6
You’re Being Tracked: Pandemic Capitalism
Disaster brings change. We discuss surveillance and public health during Covid-19. These days, it’s not only governments capturing raw data about us. A public health vacuum left by governments over decades is being filled by tech companies, which have stepped up surveillance, says Martin French, a sociologist and surveillance expert at the University of Concordia in Montreal.
Time Markers (mins: sec)
- 00:09 – news clips
- 1:23 – overview of episode
- 3:23 – links between public health, epidemiology and surveillance
- 4:16 – differences between surveillance and epidemiology
- 6:00 – how do contact tracing apps work?
- 8:33 – dangers of contact tracing apps
- 8:50 – what is surveillance capitalism?
- 12:08 – apps cement power by getting more people online
- 14:07 – what is disaster capitalism?
- 16:38 – disaster capitalism during COVID-19
- 17:25 – lack of public health investment in India
- 18:00 – links between surveillance and bias
- 19:00 – epidemiology and its unintended consequences
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French, M., Guta, A., Gagnon, M., Mykhalovskiy, E., Roberts, S. L., Goh, S., McClelland, A., & McKelvey, F. (2020). Corporate contact tracing as a pandemic response. Critical Public Health, 0(0), 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2020.1829549
Leith, D. and Farrell, S. 2020. Contact tracing app privacy: What data is shared by Europe’s GAEN contact tracing apps. Testing Apps for COVID-19 Tracing (TACT), https://down.dsg.cs.tcd.ie/tact/.
Naomi Klein: How big tech plans to profit from the pandemic https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/may/13/naomi-klein-how-big-tech-plans-to-profit-from-coronavirus-pandemic
COVID-19 and the Rise of Participatory SIGINT:An Examination of the Rise in Government Surveillance Through Mobile Applications https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2020.305912