Technological Interventions During the COVID-19 Pandemic in India
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First Online: 04 May 2022
Part of the Local and Urban Governance book series (LUG)
As COVID-19 pandemic has afflicted countries the world over, and governments have taken a variety of steps to curb the spread of the virus. India like many other countries had taken very stringent measures early on to contain and curb the spread of the virus. This chapter examines the technological interventions implemented in India at national, state, and local levels in the government’s “war” against COVID-19. In order to contain and curb the spread of the virus, various geospatial, information, communication, and surveillance technologies have been used. These technologies are being used by the government for contact tracing, tracking, monitoring, and managing crowds for strict enforcement of quarantines and lockdowns. A comprehensive examination of the technological interventions raises social and ethical questions about the efficacy of technology use during the pandemic. The measures exacerbate social inequities and deepen digital divide. Moreover, the measures taken in the war against COVID-19 further the government agenda of building a Digital India that has promoted instituting a system that actively seeks to create a “geo-coded” landscape that enables government authorities to surveil, trace, track, delegate, and govern from a distance.
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Mukherjee, F. (2022). Technological Interventions During the COVID-19 Pandemic in India. In: Nunes Silva, C. (eds) Local Government and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Local and Urban Governance. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-91112-6_29
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