Guidelines on public mobility may be needed to control community transmission. However, when this is carried out in a manner that evokes fear without taking into account the socio-economic contexts and needs of people, then it is not the disease being controlled, but rather the bodies of people through threats of collecting their data.
This article was originally published for Observer Research Foundation (ORF) CyFy Edit here.
This article draws upon qualitative research carried out for the paper: Radhakrishnan, Radhika. (2020). “I took Allah’s name and stepped out”: Bodies, Data and Embodied Experiences of Surveillance and Control during COVID-19. Mumbai, Data Governance Network. https://www.datagovernance.org/.
See here for the full paper.