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China's new data capabilities will outlive zero-COVID

Monday, December 19, 2022

Significance

These were used to monitor the exposure risk of individuals and provide a basis to mandate quarantine or refuse access to public venues.

Impacts

  • The phase-out of COVID-19 apps will differ on a regional basis, creating uncertainty and divergence in the short term.
  • The apps give the government a useful case study of the way in which existing data can be reconfigured for novel purposes.
  • The phase-out of the apps provides insights into the cost-benefit analyses of Chinese security services.

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