Robots and cameras: China's sci-fi quarantine watch

Asia Pacific May 3, 2020

Robots and cameras: China's sci-fi quarantine watch

Robots delivering meals, ghostly figures in hazmat suits and cameras pointed at front doors: China's methods to enforce coronavirus quarantines have looked like a sci-fi dystopia for legions of people. Authorities have taken drastic steps to ensure that people do not break isolation rules after ...

Companies bet on AI cameras to track social distancing and limit liability

World Apr 29, 2020

Companies bet on AI cameras to track social distancing and limit liability

Stores and workplaces eager to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus are equipping existing security cameras with artificial intelligence software that can track compliance with health guidelines including social distancing and mask-wearing. Several companies said the software will be crucial to staying open as concerns about ...

Residents take coronavirus surveillance into their own hands

World Apr 5, 2020

Residents take coronavirus surveillance into their own hands

A week after Malaysia ordered a partial lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus, construction supervisor Hafi Nazhan saw residents in his affluent Kuala Lumpur neighborhood jogging outside. He took photos of people flouting the stay-at-home order and published them on Twitter, receiving hundreds ...

One victim of COVID-19 pandemic may be privacy rights

World | ANALYSIS Mar 29, 2020

One victim of COVID-19 pandemic may be privacy rights

by Rob Lever

Digital surveillance and smartphone technology may prove helpful in containing the coronavirus pandemic, but some activists fear they also could bring lasting harm to privacy and digital rights. From China to Singapore to Israel, governments have ordered electronic monitoring of their citizens' movements in an ...