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Widespread Surveillance is an Immediate Threat in the Age of Coronavirus

25 March 2020

What better time to secure power and control than when the population is trembling?!

Threats like this one can provide an opportunity for population control. In order to get a bunch of people to agree to something that’s not in their interests you present them an even bigger threat and have your desired outcome as a solution.

People will always trade human liberties in exchange for security!

Here’s how this example would work in our case:
These types of pandemics could easily be stopped if everyone was being tracked by the government. Back in the communist times, this was done through human informers, but there are limits to what humans can observe and the scale of their input.

Today, we live surrounded by technology. Social surveillance is already a hot button issue around the world; china is using facial recognition and tracking every single smartphone in the country in order to control the spread of the virus.

What if in order to better manage these types of pandemic the government insists that for the safety of the population everybody should wear a symptom tracking device which will allow them to track for temperature, body humidity, coughs and so on.

If it was for your safety, what percentage of the population do you think would agree to this?!

You wouldn’t think many would say yes.

What if a state of emergency was instilled and the tracking device became mandatory?
Would you say yes and save yourself and your family from both the pandemic and prison time, or would humanity bond together and start a revolution. Our money is on the first option.

It’s easier for governments to infringe on human liberties with the greater good as an excuse, the issue is, pandemics go away, but these technologies rarely do so.

There’s a great article in the Financial Times by one of our favorite writers, Yuval Noah Harrari, that breaks down this issue specifically and we recommend you read if this is one of your concerns.

This is part 8 out of 15 about a discussion on the world in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

You can watch the full video here: