Hello and welcome to 'J' the tenth in the series of POSTS 392. I am speculating and hoping my feelings about this below is not going to become the standard for the world and the greedy technocrats who make data the new currency.
THE LAST POST 392 'I' GOT RECORD VIEWS---THANK YOU THIS WAS ABOUT AN INTERVIEW WITH A WORLD LEADING EXPERT ON BIOLOGICAL VIRAL LEAKS.God forbid that this virus was intentional, although reading 392 'I' just a few days ago I have my doubts and reservations.
Is 5G and the internet of everything and everybody the real plan along with the Virus if it was intentional it is just the excuse to bring total and utter surveillance and make the ultimate dystopian dream of world domination become real and here now and right in your face?
If it was not intentional it is a great coincidence and synchronise event which has fortuitously played into the hands of the technocrats / elite / deep state / Bilderbergs / illuminati or who ever or whatever.
courtesy article and image to THE GUARDIAN
Chinese residents say technology used to track suspected
coronavirus cases has made public monitoring more obvious. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters
The new normal':
's excessive coronavirus public
monitoring could be here to stay China
Experts say the coronavirus has given the Chinese government a pretext for accelerating the mass surveillance
Over the last two months, Chinese citizens have had to adjust to a new level of government intrusion.
Getting into one’s apartment compound or workplace requires scanning a QR code, writing down one’s name and ID number, temperature and recent travel history. Telecom operators track people’s movements while social media platforms like WeChat and Weibo have hotlines for people to report others who may be sick. Some cities are offering people rewards for informing on sick neighbours.
Chinese companies are meanwhile rolling out facial recognition technology that can detect elevated temperatures in a crowd or flag citizens not wearing a face mask. A range of apps use the personal health information of citizens to alert others of their proximity to infected patients or whether they have been in close contact.
State authorities, in addition to locking down entire cities, have implemented a myriad of security measures in the name of containing the coronavirus outbreak. From top officials to local community workers, those enforcing the rules repeat the same refrain: this is an “extraordinary time” feichang shiqi, requiring extraordinary measures.
As the number of new infections in China falls, having infected more than 80,000 and killed more than 3,000, residents and observers question how much of these new measures are here to stay.
“I don’t know what will happen when the epidemic is over. I don’t dare imagine it,” said Chen Weiyu, 23, who works in
“Monitoring is already everywhere. The epidemic has just made that monitoring, which we don’t normally see during ordinary times, more obvious,” she said.
Others are more emphatic about the future. Wang Aizhong, an activist based in
, said: “This
epidemic undoubtedly provides more reason for the government to surveil the
public. I don’t think authorities will rule out keeping this up after the
“When we go out or stay in a hotel, we can feel a pair of eyes looking at us at any time. We are completely exposed to the monitoring of the government,” he said.
Experts say the virus, which emerged in
in December, has
given authorities a pretext for accelerating the mass collection of personal
data to track citizens, a dangerous prospect given that the country does not
have stringent laws governing personal data. Wuhan
“It’s mission creep,” said Maya Wang, senior
Human Rights Watch. According to Wang, the virus is likely to be a catalyst for
a further expansion of the surveillance regime, as major events like the 2008
Olympics held in Beijing or the Shanghai Expo in 2010 were. “The techniques of
mass surveillance became more permanent after these events,” she said. China
“With the coronavirus outbreak the idea of risk scoring and restrictions on movement quickly became reality,” she said. “Over time we see more and more intrusive use of technology and less ability of people to push back.”
Many Chinese residents see the extra layers of public monitoring as additional bureaucratic hurdles, more frustrating than sinister, that further demonstrate the government’s ineffectiveness in handling the outbreak.
Citizens are particularly critical of a system called Health Code, which users can sign up for through Alipay or WeChat, that assigns individuals one of three colour codes based on their travel history, time spent in outbreak hotspots and exposure to potential carriers of the virus. The software, used in more than 100 cities, will soon allow people to check the colours of other residents when their ID numbers are entered.
One resident complained on Weibo that he had driven through
but his colour code changed to yellow from green, indicating he would need to
be quarantined. “I can’t even go out to buy bread or water,” another in Hubei province said,
after his code inexplicably changed to yellow following a work trip. Jiangsu
Many described the app as “for appearances,” or xingshi zhuyi, a way for lower level officials to impress their higher ups with added strictures on citizens.
“I have a health code, a pass for my residential compound, and another certificate of health and still I can’t get into my home,” one commentator said. “This is garbage. Please release us regular people,” another said.
Low-tech security measures have been employed as much as high-tech ones. An army of workers guard entry points to public spaces, ordering pedestrians to log their information or questioning residents about their recent movements. Religious sites like mosques have been closed. Many cities and counties have banned group gatherings, including small dinner parties.
broke up a group playing mahjong party and forced the participants to read out
an apology, captured on video. “We were wrong. We promise there will not be a
next time and we will also monitor others,” the group of 10 men said, heads
slightly bowed. Sichuan
Other videos posted online have shown local officials pushing residents to the ground for not wearing a face mask or tying a man to a pole. Local law enforcement in
were recently fired
after a video of them beating a man for selling vegetables on the street was
posted online. Wuhan
An article by the official state news agency Xinhua last week reminded citizens that those who violate virus prevention and control measures could be subject to three years in prison, and up to seven for particularly serious cases, as outlined in
’s criminal code. China
“Intrusive surveillance is already the ‘new normal’. The question for
Some worry current measures will continue in part because citizens are growing accustomed to them. Alex Zhang, 28, who lives in
, refers to Italian
philosopher Giorgio Agamben’s theory on the state of exception, and how
measures taken during a state of emergency can be prolonged. Chengdu
“This type of governance and thinking for dealing with the epidemic can also be used for other issues - like the media, citizen journalists or ethnic conflicts. Because this method has been used before, citizens will accept it. It becomes normal,” he said.