The COVID Cyborg and Protecting the Unaugmented Human
Alternative Law Journal (2020 Forthcoming)
8 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2020
Date Written: April 25, 2020
This article examines the increasing tendency towards governance of people through their representation via data. In its most contemporary iteration, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised the prospect of contact tracing apps. While public discourse about the apps has focused principally on the important issue of data privacy, there are other possible effects whereby participation in such schemes might become a pre-requisite to accessing services or basic rights—either from government or from corporations. The pathway to acceptability of applying our data in this way is already paved, through fitness monitors and other technologies by which we represent ourselves. This article sets out the foundation of such technologies and their application, before outlining their effect on the recognised boundaries of governance and the conception of the holder of rights and the substance of those rights.
Keywords: covid-19, coronavirus, human rights, cyborg, data, big data
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