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Workplace Surveillance in Times of Corona - 28 septembre 2020
With numbers of COVID-19 infections soaring again in the United States and around the world, we have to learn how to manage its long-term ramifications for our economies. As people adjust to minimizing the risk of infections in everyday settings, one critical context is work. Even though millions have shifted to (...)

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Schools Are Buying Up Surveillance Technology to Fight COVID-19 - 9 septembre 2020
But will it actually prevent an outbreak ? Fayette County Public Schools, a 24-school district in Georgia, reopened its classroom doors last month. As at many schools around the country, officials in Fayette have concerns about safely bringing students back to school amid a pandemic—and they’re turning to (...)

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COVID-19 Tracking Technology Will Not Save Us - 3 septembre 2020
Technology may be part of the solution to stopping the spread of COVID-19, but apps alone will not save us. As more states develop COVID exposure notification apps, institutions and the people they serve should remain skeptical and remember the bigger picture. This is still experimental, unproven technology, both (...)

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ADM Systems in the COVID-19 Pandemic : A European Perspective - 1er septembre 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred the deployment of a plethora of automated decision-making (ADM) systems all over Europe. High hopes have been placed by both local administrations and national governments in applications and devices aimed at containing the outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (...)

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Cops Don’t Need GPS Data to Track Your Phone at Protests - 27 août 2020
For the thousands of people protesting and reporting on George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department—or even for bystanders caught up in the demonstrations—arrests, injuries, and even death are becoming commonplace in this moment. And just like protests we’ve experienced within the past (...)

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Comment Venise gère les foules grâce à l’IA - 20 août 2020
En s’appuyant sur les nouvelles possibilités offertes par l’intelligence artificielle en matière de traitement des images, Axians Italie développe le « Venice Crowd Project », destiné à mieux gérer les flux de touristes dans le centre de Venise. Le centre historique de Venise, qui compte environ 53 000 habitants, accueille (...)

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Covidsafe app overhaul compensates for ’handshakes’ only connecting 27% of the time on some iPhones - 18 août 2020
Exclusive : the most recent test data and information about changes made to the app have been released under freedom of information The makers of the Covidsafe app have had to overhaul the algorithm for determining close contacts to improve the functionality of the app on iPhones, Guardian Australia has learned, (...)

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Deux mois après son lancement, l’application StopCovid est (toujours) un échec - 16 août 2020
Lancée le 2 juin, l’application StopCovid ne rencontre pas le succès escompté par le gouvernement. Peu d’utilisateurs, faible communication, incompatibilité avec les autres applications européennes : les écueils ont été nombreux. Difficile d’être optimiste ou positif sur le sujet. Et quand on parle de StopCovid aux (...)

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From Japan to Brazil and South Africa : how countries’ ‘data cultures’ shape their response to coronavirus - 13 août 2020
Since March, The Correspondent has been tracking how countries are using surveillance technology to respond to the spread of the coronavirus. We’ve already documented how governments have turned to contact-tracing apps, telecom tracking and self-assessment apps to curb the spread of the virus. But it’s clear that (...)

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8 million people, 14 alerts : why some covid-19 apps are staying silent - 11 août 2020
Critics have rounded on contact tracing apps in France and Australia for sending out almost no virus notifications. But experts say it’s not a total failure—as long as we learn what went wrong. When France launched its app for digital contact tracing, it looked like a possible breakthrough for the virus-ravaged (...)

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The Trump campaign app is tapping a "gold mine" of data about Americans - 10 août 2020
President Trump’s campaign app is targeted to his most fervent supporters, but it is able to collect data about a swath of the American public far larger than his base. The app requests access to significantly more information from each user’s phone than Joe Biden’s, and is on as many as 1.4 million devices, (...)

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The original Big Tech is working closer than ever with governments to combat coronavirus – with no scrutiny - 10 août 2020
Telecom companies are at the core of the world’s communication universe. Since the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve been passing even more sensitive data to governments. It’s time they were held as accountable as Google and Facebook. The texts can arrive at any time. Recipients are told they’ve been exposed to the (...)

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Pirater des sextoys connectés, une partie de plaisir - 6 août 2020
Un nombre important de failles de sécurité informatique pourraient mettre en péril la vie privée de certains utilisateurs et certaines utilisatrices de jouets sexuels. En matière de sécurité, les sextoys connectés font plus trembler de peur que vibrer de plaisir. Werner Schober, consultant en sécurité informatique (...)

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Découverte d’une faille Bluetooth sur Android, qui permet de voler discrètement des données - 6 août 2020
Des chercheurs ont dévoilé une faille jusqu’ici inconnue, qui permet de connecter un appareil Bluetooth à un téléphone sans avoir besoin du consentement de l’utilisateur. Des chercheurs chinois ont découvert des vulnérabilités dans le fonctionnement du Bluetooth sur les téléphones équipés d’Android, et qui permettent de (...)

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Google Coronavirus Apps Give it Way to Access Location Data - 30 juillet 2020
Some government agencies that use the software said they were surprised that Google may pick up the locations of certain app users. Others said they had unsuccessfully pushed Google to make a change. When Google and Apple announced plans in April for free software to help alert people of their possible exposure (...)

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Coronavirus : The great contact-tracing apps mystery - 22 juillet 2020
Germany and Ireland have both trumpeted their success in rolling out contact-tracing apps. But is there any evidence that they are doing what they are designed to do - warning people they could be infected with the virus ? Not yet - and the privacy-conscious way in which they are designed could mean we will (...)

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Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App - 22 juillet 2020
The defects, which have been fixed, exposed private details of people in quarantine. The country has been hailed as a pioneer in digital public health. SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has been praised for making effective use of digital tools to contain the coronavirus, from emergency phone alerts to aggressive (...)

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Germany’s coronavirus tracing app eases privacy concerns - 20 juillet 2020
Last month, Germany released a coronavirus tracing app that has eased the concerns of digital rights activists and the privacy-sensitive German public. Released on June 16, the “Corona-Warn-App” uses Bluetooth to detect and contact people who may have been exposed to someone who has contracted the coronavirus. (...)

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Technology Theatre - 17 juillet 2020
When the public is focusing on a technology instead of a holistic solution to address complex policy issues, technology theatre is working. On June 18, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would join the ranks of governments launching a mobile contact-tracing application as part of the (...)

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Tracing : le grand foutoir (décodage) - 17 juillet 2020
En plus des call centers, la Belgique va se doter d’une appli pour tracer les personnes potentiellement infectées par le coronavirus. Pour quand, pourquoi, par qui ? Qu’adviendra-t-il de nos données personnelles ? Comment susciter l’indispensable adhésion ? Décryptage d’une stratégie critiquée, et dont certains rouages (...)