As the U.S. develops emergency responses to slow the spread of coronavirus, it’ll be important to remain vigilant to ensure proposed solutions don’t increase the state’s ability to surveil us.

When the dust settles on this pandemic, we need to be clear on what was an emergency response and what is a desirable permanent change. This viral debacle has the potential to normalize an expanded surveillance state and new forms of e-carceration that construct geofences around targeted communities and lay the groundwork for digital redlining, using GPS and other technologies to create race and class divides. 

James Kilgore via The Appeal


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