The last attempt of humanity to protect confidentiality

Colin Baseman

Authorities worldwide are forming the grounds for the new social order of complete surveillance. These activities followed the pandemics spread and an overall lockdown throughout the globe. Is it possible to end the international disease without giving up our freedom? It seems possible, however, the knowledge we use today has to keep privacy, not put an end to our freedoms due to universal terror.

However, strict measures all through a calamity may appear soothing, but factually, the testimony of emergency conditions without an end draws to novel forms of dictatorship. So far, deriving from Chinese suppression of health specialists during its virus outburst, to the irrational lack of readiness for an epidemic in the US, it is exactly the administration’s deficiency of planning through the years, which has intensified this calamity.

After managers grab crisis powers, they at no time give them up. With the excuse of surveillance and tracing the ailment spread, authorities’ mass monitoring via devices, stalking risks are becoming standardized. Digital prejudice currently goes further than education as solid processes may and will select, who has a right to visit places like China, then in a little while will undoubtedly choose who stays alive and who dies due to the pandemics. Is it the globe we wish to inherit to our offspring?

The opening for technology use to reserve discretion is ending. We need expertise that connects the shared intelligence of humankind to block the crisis not losing our independence.

Mass monitoring is planned to extend after the pandemics

Disease emergence may lead to a novel technical revolution. It may be compared to the appearance of innovative computing after World War II and the development of the web since the Cold War. Instead of the medical upheaval that is required to treat coronavirus, what we now see is attention on finding the infected, although health specialists say that it is possibly too late to be functioning in the USA as well as Europe.

As for China, public surveillance is not new, nevertheless, experts consider that the infection has provided the management a chance to intensify observing as residents connect self-tracking apps for themselves. To detect high temperatures or increase fears about citizens not wearing protective masks, the government uses facial identification technology— and here seems no sign of this expertise vanishing when the illness fades away.

In Israel, powers that be announced that GSS — the country’s internal intelligence organization — will monitor citizens who conduct the infection through their cell phone records, executing an example of the widest-ranging national tracing activities in the globe. By trying to its populations to set up spyware in their devices that unswervingly report the locations to the management, Iran uses calamity for its advantage.

Besides, the universal virus has delivered a post-terrorism appropriate reason for intensifying investigation in the US, comprising collaboration with IBM, Microsoft, and Google.

Some reporters claim that encryption violation is necessary to cease the spread of deception about the illness, notwithstanding the fact utmost conventional press in America assumed “the virus less hazardous compared to flu” a couple of weeks before.

The means to save us is technology  

We want to form the expertise via confidentiality and scheme. Public prosecutors, campaigners, and decoders, for over a couple of decades, have been promoting regionalized and privacy-strengthened expertise that provide all the paybacks of private data collection but saving our records secretively.

A decent case set by the government of Singapore: The TraceTogether application for tracing contacts does the precise thing by saving personal data on the person’s phone, instead of trying to gather the information from device users.

Yet creating pandemic tests that work is as costly as forming privacy-enhanced equipment.

How to Stop Surveillance

It’s high time to discharge our social solidarity and shared aid instinct that can truly treat coronavirus. What if these “public power”-based ways out are applied to stop mass monitoring. With distant work due to the virus, companies are exposed to higher information safety risk, as an increasing number of people are deploying home-based VPNs. Nevertheless, VPNs do not do anything to stop mass observation. The modern people are suggesting implementing blockchain technology to manage a distributed and universal network to stop observing masses and guarantee freedom of speech and civic freedoms.

If there exists a potential of getting safe and secure out of this, it’s not due to mass monitoring - it’s because people saved each other with the collective intellect of humankind enhanced with the internet.