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Greater data collection has helped prevent the virus from spreading in China because it enables precise reporting of hotspots. The rush to scoop up even more data to fight the outbreak has led to privacy breaches, especially for residents in the epicentre of Wuhan.
Apple has enhanced its maps app to offer more detailed information on trains and buses in France, Germany and Spain.
Visits to medical-related mini-programs on Chinese super app WeChat rose 347% over the past 20 days, compared to data recorded in December. The impact of the countrywide lockdown on the economy has the potential to cut China’s gross domestic product growth in the first quarter from 6% to 4.5%.
The ride-hailing giant plans to invest about US$14.3mil in the nationwide programme.
The popularity of real-world gaming events organised by the makers of such augmented-reality hits as Pokemon Go shows there is a growing trend of gaming enthusiasts willing to travel to participate in them.
Tech firms help Chinese authorities launch real-name registration on public transport for coronavirus tracking
New systems by tech firms Meituan and Dida require commuters to provide personal information before taking public transport in some Chinese cities. The initiative is meant to help authorities track those who might have been in contact with individuals infected with the novel coronavirus.
Didi Chuxing, operator of China’s largest ride-hailing platform, recently had one driver diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Holidaymakers and students among those who left before the lockdown, only to be shunned elsewhere and struggle to get back. Residents who were not infected describe being stuck in quarantine far from home, while Excel documents circulate their details online.
Authorities are turning to technology to safeguard and streamline checks for the millions of passengers using underground networks around the country each day. But critics have raised privacy concerns and questioned the need for ever more controls in a society that already has an extensive public security system.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg and Germany's national railway company created a tweetstorm on Dec 15 after she posted a photo of herself sitting on the floor of a train surrounded by lots of bags.