Once again, the rulers of a “democratic” western country are using the COVID-19 pandemic to institute authoritarian controls over their people, and it will be a control they will never peacefully let go of.
South Korean health authorities, with the blessing of the country’s government, will “begin testing the tracking of citizens with artificial intelligence (AI) and facial recognition software through thousands of CCTV surveillance cameras dotted around the bustling city of Bucheon just outside Seoul in January “Reported The New American.
The system aims to monitor the movements and activities of around 800,000 citizens, an official told Reuters. The program aims to identify residents infected with COVID-19, who they come into contact with and how often they put a mask on.
TNA says the system is not yet to be rolled out across the country, but it has been lauded as a means of reducing the amount of work involved in identifying contacts with the human coronavirus.
Although it is not clear how infected residents should actually be identified – perhaps through an existing database or one that the government wants to set up specifically for the system – the city of Bucheon is funding the project together with the “very Orwellian-sounding Ministry of Science and ICT ( Information and communication technology) ”, so the source.
It is even clearer that this system is not necessary: only 4,456 deaths caused by COVID have been recorded in South Korea since the start of the pandemic; in all of South Korea there were only about 536,500 cases out of a population of about 52 million people. And here’s another reality: “In a country where citizen surveillance is encouraged and supported by a majority of the population, it is unlikely to meet with much resistance,” the newspaper said.
In one Brookings Institute report from 2020 it is noted that the South Korean authorities have also introduced nationwide surveillance for other purposes, such as tax fraud:
Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, the Korean government was collecting large amounts of transaction data to investigate tax fraud. Literally every credit card and banking transaction in Korea is recorded in government databases. During the outbreak, this information was used to retrospectively track where people went: not just in cafes and restaurants, but also on buses and subways (the latter two are mostly cashless). In the case of patient no. 10422, such transactions would have revealed visits to the supermarket and burger shop, allowing authorities to quickly quarantine and sterilize both places.
The system established in Bucheon has been declared legal by the Korean Disease Control and Prevention Authority “as long as it is used within the framework of disease control and prevention laws.”
Fortunately, TNA added, “However, some lawmakers are trying to stop the rollout of the project by raising privacy breach concerns.”
One of them, Park Dae-chul, a member of the conservative People Power Party, told Reuters that “the government’s plan to become Big Brother under the guise of COVID is a neototalitarian idea.
“It is absolutely wrong to monitor and control the public with the help of taxpayers’ money and without the consent of the citizens,” added Park.
The city administration explains that citizens must participate in the monitoring system voluntarily and those who do not will not be monitored. And maybe in South Korea you can take government officials at their word.
But we do know that in America we have a deep state intelligence and surveillance apparatus that doesn’t care about or adhere to privacy and other constitutional provisions that protect individual freedoms. Hence, should such a system be introduced in the US, it will definitely be abused, mainly by Democrats.
“The Party told you to reject the evidence from your eyes and ears,” warned George Orwell, according to the TNA, adding, “In a free democratic nation, this really does happen.”
This technology is also available in America. We wouldn’t be surprised if it isn’t already being tested.