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Coronavirus Fight- China Gives Citizens a Color Code, With Red Flags

Coronavirus Fight- China Gives Citizens a Color Code, With Red Flags

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A new system uses software to dictate quarantines — and appears to send personal data to police, in a troubling precedent for automated social control. HANGZHOU, China — As China encourages people to return to work despite the coronavirus outbreak, it has begun a bold mass experiment in using data to regulate citizens’ lives — by requiring them to use software on their smartphones that dictates whether they should be quarantined or allowed into subways, malls and other public spaces. But a New York Times analysis of the software’s code found that the system does more than decide in real time whether someone poses a contagion risk. It also appears to share information with the police, setting a template for new forms of automated social control that could persist long after the epidem