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Technology Use by Urban Local Bodies in India to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic

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  • Falguni Mukherjee


This article provides a comprehensive review of the use of information and communication technologies by urban local bodies in India in their war against the COVID-19 pandemic based on a detailed survey conducted during the pandemic period. India reported its first case of COVID-19 in late January, and government authorities have been on a war footing since then to curb the spread of the virus. Following a tradition that has been instilled within government agencies since the Modi Government came into power in 2014, local, state, and central government agencies turned to a widespread use of geospatial, surveillance and information and communication technologies as part of a strategy to monitor and track movement, manage individuals, and enforce quarantine norms. However, several important questions arise from the blind use of technology that remain unanswered. The use of technology by government agencies raise key questions on privacy, civil liberties, and suitability and viability of their use.

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International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR)
Volume 10, Issue 2, April - June 2021
Indexed by: Compendex (Elsevier Engineering Index), INSPEC, SCOPUS, Web of
Science Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
Published: Quarterly in Print and Electronically
ISSN: 2160-9918; EISSN: 2160-9926
Published by IGI Global Publishing, Hershey, USA
Editor-in-Chief: Carlos Nunes Silva (University of Lisbon, Portugal)


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