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Corona pan(dem)ic: gateway to global surveillance


Surber, Regina Sibylle (2020). Corona pan(dem)ic: gateway to global surveillance. Ethics and Information Technology:1-10.

Abstract

The essay reviews the digital emergency measures many governments have adopted in an attempt to curb Covid-19. It argues that those ‘virologically legitimized’ measures may infringe the human right to privacy and mark the transition into a world of global surveillance. At this possible turning point in human history, panic and latent fear seem to fog much needed farsightedness. Leaving the current state of emotional paralysis and restarting to critically assess the digital pandemic management can serve as an emergency break against drifting into a new era of digital monitoring.

Abstract

The essay reviews the digital emergency measures many governments have adopted in an attempt to curb Covid-19. It argues that those ‘virologically legitimized’ measures may infringe the human right to privacy and mark the transition into a world of global surveillance. At this possible turning point in human history, panic and latent fear seem to fog much needed farsightedness. Leaving the current state of emotional paralysis and restarting to critically assess the digital pandemic management can serve as an emergency break against drifting into a new era of digital monitoring.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Computer Science Applications
Social Sciences & Humanities > Library and Information Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords:Library and Information Sciences, Computer Science Applications
Language:English
Date:20 October 2020
Deposited On:05 Nov 2020 15:46
Last Modified:06 Nov 2020 21:00
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1388-1957
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10676-020-09569-5

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