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Comparative analysis of China’s Health Code, Australia’s COVIDSafe and New Zealand’s COVID Tracer Surveillance Apps: a new corona of public health governmentality?

Yang, Fan, Heemsbergen, Luke and Fordyce, Robbie 2020, Comparative analysis of China’s Health Code, Australia’s COVIDSafe and New Zealand’s COVID Tracer Surveillance Apps: a new corona of public health governmentality?, Media International Australia, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.1177/1329878x20968277.

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Title Comparative analysis of China’s Health Code, Australia’s COVIDSafe and New Zealand’s COVID Tracer Surveillance Apps: a new corona of public health governmentality?
Author(s) Yang, Fan
Heemsbergen, LukeORCID iD for Heemsbergen, Luke orcid.org/0000-0001-8600-5280
Fordyce, Robbie
Journal name Media International Australia
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2020-10-29
ISSN 1329-878X
2200-467X
Keyword(s) citizenship
COVID-19
COVIDSafe
COVID Tracer
Health Code
platforms
privacy
public health surveillance
Summary The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown of cities worldwide generated a dramatic increase in the use of public health trac(k)ing technologies. This article presents an empirical analysis of China’s Health Code on WeChat and Alipay, Australia’s COVIDSafe and New Zealand’s COVID Tracer. We ask: how does app-based public health monitoring differ from prior forms of state tracking and corporate surveillance, and interface with public and private ideals of health and citizenship? Based on a comparative analysis of the selected apps and the political economy that surrounds their code and implementation, we argue that there is a new corona of surveillance to address COVID-19 crises by intensifying the diffusion of national surveillance technologies and framing these into justifiable moral practice. In conclusion, we identify a new ‘corona’ of public health governmentality during COVID-19 pandemic through an intensification of top-down institutional data extraction from human bodies.
Notes In Press
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1329878x20968277
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 16 Studies in Human Society
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
20 Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30144810

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