How I’m Responding to Australia’s Techno-Autocracy

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Peter Jacobsen

“Last month, the government of Australia introduced a new monitoring app for citizens under house arrest due to COVID-19. The app will use a combination of geolocation and camera tech to ensure citizens are where they’re supposed to be. The app will message citizens and wait for a response. ‘We don’t tell them how often or when, on a random basis they have to reply within 15 minutes,’ Australian Premier Steven Marshall explained. … When I first read about Australia’s new app, rather than being shocked by the Orwellian nature of the policy, I laughed. The whole idea was preposterous to me because, if I were an Australian, I wouldn’t be able to comply even if I wanted to. … I ditched my smartphone one year ago in favor of the minimalist Light Phone II.” (10/13/21)