Pandemic and techno-politics

This is the time to imagine new ways to organize society and develop the technologies that can facilitate this shocking transition.

  1. Responses and resistance to lock-down measures
  2. Proximity tracing technology weaknesses
  3. The method and purpose of proximity tracing development

Be strong and keep faith: there will be a new beginning.

Tales of resistance

No matter who, or what: we are dealing with (our) Nature

Nature will fill the gaps — be it animals or social life — and the gaps will widen if the one-solution-fits-all is adopted.

We must design for natural resistance to be within

Likewise, physical isolation measures are pointless unless they are carefully adapted to any peculiar cultural, natural and social contexts.

Federated governance will be a new norm.

Going wall to wall, resistance vs. coercion, we’ll just create wartime platforms.

Wasting money on the usual suspects won’t help, we need ethnographic research to individuate healing processes and facilitate their growth.

The proximity tracing state-of-affairs

Comparison table or tracing applications found in

The point of contact tracing is receiving notifications about positive tests of people we have met in the past weeks in the most privacy preserving way possible.

For national policy to rely on these apps, they would need to be able to:

  1. Represent accurate information about infection or immunity
  2. Demonstrate technical capabilities to support required functions
  3. Address various practical issues for use, including meeting legal tests
  4. Mitigate social risks and protect against exacerbating inequalities and vulnerabilities

At present the evidence does not demonstrate that proximity tracing tools are able to address these four components adequately.

The proximity tracing shit-show

  1. It made very public a process that is usually not by means of a new TV-format: an e-Sports style “appathon” in live streaming. The Dutch invented the big-brother reality show for private households, and now this…
  2. It made obvious how ridiculous are the usual suspects participating to public-sector ICT tenders, which are generally well known in NL for lack of delivery and tendency to over-spending the national budget.

We need to change the way public spending is done. Public sector should go public, adopt indicators based on community development and stop lobbying behind the curtains with the usual corporate stooges.

Welcome to the public tender show! A whole new level of participatory budgeting, live streaming to your screens!

May this be the start of a new era of public-sector development in which free and open source is the standard and we dare to call failures with their name?

So… what now?

Do one thing and do it well! — UNIX philosophy

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