Society Digital, 22 April 2020

The screen shield

Chronicle by Luc Clément

As we spill ink over the lethalness of SARS-CoV-2, aka Covid-19, it may also behoove us to enumerate the casualties in individual freedoms that are amongst the pandemic’s collateral victims. Nearly half of humanity, cut off from the real world overnight, has suddenly found itself projected in a virtual enclosed room with an IP address as their only passport and a bland 800 x 600 pixel portrait to identify them. An existence that, until further notice, is now strictly digital, raising a whole host of new concerns.

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