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CATEGORY: Volume 49.02 Summer 2020
Does using Covid-19 apps have free speech implications?
Our reporters in Spain, Italy and South Korea talk to citizens about the free speech implications of using Covid apps
Editor’s letter: A question of trust
Why don’t we learn that censorship and lack of trust in society puts us all at risk, particularly in times of crisis, asks Rachael Jolley in the summer 2020 issue of Index on Censorship magazine
Back-up plan: Timandra Harkness on contact tracing apps
Technology presenter Timandra Harkness argues that we need to get our privacy back at the end of the crisis
Podcast: Private lives with Katherine Parkinson, Harry Peacock, Arturo di Corinto and Emma Briant
The spring 2020 Index on Censorship magazine podcast with Mary Ellen Klas, Moa Petersén and Noelle Mateer discusses surveillance in China, the Swedish trend to put microchips under the skin and the worsening media environment in the USA as a result of coronavirus
Contents – Private lives: What happens when our every thought goes public
The summer 2020 issue of the magazine looks at the different ways in which we are giving away our privacy as we try to tackle Covid-19
ust how much of our privacy might we give away – accidentally, on purpose or through force – in the battle against Covid-19? This is the question we pose in the Index on Censorship summer 2020 magazine. Tech journalist Geoff White looks at how drones are hovering overhead around the world, from China to the UK, to make sure we are abiding by quarantine and physical distancing. Just how up close and personal can they get? Less technical but just as sinister, Issa Sikiti da Silva reports from Uganda on government spies that are doing the same job as the drones, only they seem to be targeting political opposition. Meanwhile, people around the world are being encouraged to download contact tracing apps. That might be ok when the app has safeguarded privacy, but more often than not what is happening to data is not being spelt out, something Indian journalists are worried about in terms of their safety and that of their contacts, as Indian journalist Somak Ghoshal writes. And in the case of Colombia, Stephen Woodman highlights that the apps are easy for hackers to access. But when we’re in the home things don’t seem much better, as Adam Aiken argues in his article looking at the privacy issues that blight Zoom.