Senior Fellow, Malkia Devich-Cyril explores the layered impacts of Black communities experiencing both the COVID-19 pandemic and police violence simultaneously and why investing in surveillance mobile apps is not the solution to containing the virus.
“But digital contact tracing or ‘TACT’ is not just a neutral scientific project. There are some real limitations to the technology that render it potentially ineffective and possibly harmful in Black, Latino and Native communities, and amongst low-income or homeless people. Some experts say at least 60% of a nation’s population must participate as app users for it to work. But, those hardest hit by the virus may also be least likely to have the access and means to use the apps.”Malkia Devich-Cyril via Tech Dirt