The Daily Memphian has an interesting story about tracking us for coronavirus purposes. It’s entitled “Which sections of Memphis are complying with stay at home order?”
You can read it free here as the DM is making all stories about coronavirus free: https://dailymemphian.com/section/coronavirus/article/13110/drilling-down-which-memphis-neighborhoods-are?utm_source=email_edition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=morning_2020-04-20
It is a rather long piece.
Basically, the article says that city officials are eager to embrace data to find out where we go and what we do. There is an Institute for Public Service Reporting based at the U of M. How convenient!
And, there is also a group out of San Francisco (no surprise there) eager to track data from us to see how much social distancing is going on. From there, they can advise how to target those areas for messaging and outreach (or something more dire).
Some other takeaways from it.
First, it confirms that Dr. Jeff Warren was a bad pick for the City Council. He really wants us to be followed and monitored. Only being true to his Dem/Liberal/Leftist roots after all.
The most conservative areas do what they’re supposed to do. Germantown, Arlington, Collierville and Lakeland residents have complied well.
Racism is elemental to all politics here. It’s as indisolvable as the D is from the N and A.
Dr. Warren and others who want to track us ran into some civil rights activists from the 60s who aren’t too keen on it. That First Amendment thingy keeps causing them problems.
The excuse “helps save lives” is a popular one now for Leftists who see a power grab within their reach. It will join “for the children” in our political lexicon.
Memphians slacked off after the initial scare. Anyone surprised?
This paragraph is alarming: “SafeGraph specializes in ‘points of interest’ data that includes ‘really accurate building footprints,’ Singh (SafeGraph official) said, ‘polygons that really define the outline of a McDonalds or a Wal-Mart.’ SafeGraph uses ‘anonymized’ location data from 45 million phones, tablets and watches nationwide to measure foot traffic into the operations of clients like Choice Hotels as well as the businesses of competitors.”
Might as well be in China.
Uber liberal cities love the tracking: Seattle, New York, New Orleans and San Francisco.
Granular data is becoming an annoying term.
How about this for an ironic comment: “At the same time, the data may be skewed in places.” Like the early coronavirus projections?
Changes are coming, officials say, whether we like it or not. An ACLU lawyer asked, “Where is this data kept? Is it in a central repository? How long is it kept? Who has access to it? For what purposes is it being collected? Is it really collected just for the health issue, the COVID19 issue, or is it going to be used for some other purpose?”
Officials are not so willing to tell us about that. Warren says, “In this particular instance, you have people who are elected that are making sure this remains anonymous. And you have people you can hold accountable if it isn’t,” he said. “So, in my mind this is a much safer way to share data than it would be by how we’re already doing it.”
Somehow that doesn’t make me feel reassured.
There are other devices they want to use. Apps to avoid crowds (or to let people know where crowds are forming); apps to tell if you’re near someone sick; apps to measure how much interaction you have with co-workers.
Funny that all this information is OK, but voter ID legislation is not.
It really matters who we elect in the next few years. It will have been repercussions on our everyday life.
As is evident in this pandemic, some politicians will use a problem to destroy our liberty. It’s not the outside forces we have to fear.