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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire - UCL press release: No to StopCovid, yes to real health measures (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 2 May 2020 11:31:00 +0300

The Libertarian Communist Union is firmly opposed, like the vast majority of the associative, union and political left, to the filing of the population allegedly in the name of the health emergency. On the contrary, we are asking for real follow-up measures and more human and material resources. To the blind faith in technological solutionism, we oppose the safeguarding of the population against mercantile interests. ---- For a few days now, the debate around the StopCovid patient tracking software has ignited. Experts, epidemiologists or computer scientists, supporters of the project or critics of it, express themselves in the columns of the major national media such as Le Monde [1]or Liberation [2]; the CNIL expresses its usual "reservations" [3]without ever getting too involved ; associations for the defense of liberties such as the League for Human Rights [4]or Framasoft [5][6]and union structures such as the Union Syndicale Solidaires [7], the National Union of Journalists, the SNJ-CGT, the Syndicat de la Magistrature, the Syndicat des Avocats de France, the Confédération Paysanne, Solidaires Informatique [8]or the UGICT-CGT [9][10]multiply the press releases sounding the alarm bell ; thetech capitalists, Google & Apple [11]but also for example the Toulouse Sigfox, are on the contrary competitors of StopCovid and hope to win the jackpot - Sigfox offers nothing less than replacing the smartphones (smartphones) with electronic bracelets [12]!

The security illusion then the authoritarian drift
We obviously make our arguments from our camp, which have been around a lot in recent days and which we will therefore not repeat here. We loudly proclaim that StopCovid must be massively rejected by the population. In the immediate future, because it is a false solution, whose effectiveness is far from proven, and which even risks giving a false impression of security to the population, which could go as far as to favor the emergence of a second epidemic wave. In the longer term, because the database thus created will further lengthen the unfortunate list of already existing files which will sooner or later be stolen by malicious individuals, resold by digital manufacturers or even hijacked by a government in full authoritarian free fall ,

One point seems important to us: whether or not the project is adopted by the National Assembly on Tuesday April 28 matters little, since it seems almost guaranteed at this stage that the installation of StopCovid will not be compulsory.

Against the coronavirus: masks, tests, caregivers
No application, no electronic bracelet, will work miracles: to fight the epidemic, you must start with basic sanitary equipment (masks, tests, etc.) and adequate human resources (caregivers, researchers , etc.). The French State today sorely lacks all of this and refuses to give itself the necessary means: requisitioning of businesses, hiring and massive funding, etc. This is why the government is hiding in the "technological solutionism" so dear to the capitalists and to Silicon Valley, hoping to convince the population that the world can be saved by software and Bluetooth. We are not fooled, and their world, we do not want to save it.

UCL Librism Commission April 28, 2020


[1] StopCovid: understanding the debate on the hopes and fears of tracing French people by their phone , Le Monde April 25, 2020

[2] To make war on the virus, let's digitally arm health investigators , Liberation April 26, 2020

[3] Publication of the CNIL opinion on the "StopCovid" mobile application project , CNIL on April 26, 2020

[4] The health crisis does not justify imposing surveillance technologies], La Quadrature du Net[[Our arguments for rejecting StopCovid , La Quadrature du Net April 14, 2020

[5] Tracing apps: scenarios for non-specialists , Framablog April 24, 2020

[6] StopConneries , Framablog on April 22, 2020

[7] "Stop Covid" application: No to digital tracing ! , Union syndicale Solidaires April 27, 2020

[8] STOP-COVID APPLICATION: A liberticide experiment, a technological illusion , Solidaires Informatique on April 20, 2020

[9] "StopCovid is a disastrous project piloted by sorcerer's apprentices" , UGICT-CGT and La Quadrature du Net on April 25, 2020

[10]Acouple of things about contact tracking applications during the epidemic , Stéphane Bortzmeyer on April 19, 2020

[11] Google and Apple detail their contact tracing tool, still incompatible with StopCovid , Numerama on April 24, 2020

[12] "We will say that I sell my soup, but a bracelet is better than a tracing app" , Les Échos April 21, 2020

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