In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, With Red Flags (NYTimes)

The QR code inside the Alipay app. Green is good, and allows the holder to travel freely.

As China encourages people to return to work despite the coronavirus outbreak, it has begun a bold mass experiment in using data to regulate citizens’ lives — by requiring them to use software on their smartphones that dictates whether they should be quarantined or allowed into subways, malls and other public spaces. It also appears to share information with the police, setting a template for new forms of automated social control that could persist long after the epidemic subsides.

#Comment: Rest assured, NSA & co have been implementing similar cybernetic social control systems for quite some time - just with the added "freedom and democracy" PR packaging.

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