University of California Irvine Mass Surveillance in COVID 19 Discussion

Global Studies Public Forum

Paper Prompt #2

Prompt:

Do you think the threat posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) justifies the deployment of mass public health surveillance systems? What are some of the dangers associated with this kind of mass public health surveillance? Could this health crisis be used to justify expanding other surveillance systems in countries such as China, Russia, the United States? Use material from the course readings, lectures, and guest speakers such as David Byler, to make your argument.

Some possible sources to provide context:

In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, With Red Flags
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/01/business/china-coronavirus-surveillance.html (Links to an external site.)

Congress Scrambling to Combat the Coronavirus and Resolve a Fight Over Surveillance Laws
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/27/congress-coronavirus-fisa-118021 (Links to an external site.)

Authorities from China to Russia are using COVID-19 outbreak as an excuse to increase surveillance
https://news.trust.org/item/20200305002314-damsj/ (Links to an external site.)

Directions: Use concepts and examples from the assigned course readings and course lectures to respond to the prompt. We are not asking you to summarize the readings/lectures/news sources or answer all the questions above. We are not asking for your unsupported opinions. We are asking you to make your own coherent and well supported argument about the topic. Cite specific concepts, short quotes and examples from the assigned readings and lectures as evidence to support your own argument. Your paper needs to include a thesis statement that outlines your argument and how you will support it.

Essay Requirements:

  • Due date: Tuesday, March 17th by 5:00PM.
  • Word count: 1000-1200 words.
    • Word count includes the title as well as the in-text citations, but excludes the header and the end-of-the-paper bibliography.
  • Format:
    • Include your name and ID number on page 1 of your essay.
    • Include page numbers and an essay title.
    • Your essay should be double-spaced, 12-point font.
    • Include a works cited or bibliography at the end of your paper.
  • Citations: citations are required for both paraphrasing and direct quotes from either the text or lecture.
    • Citation format:
      • In-text parenthetical citation (Author year, page number) with a bibliography of works cited at the end of the document.
      • e. (Darian-Smith and McCarty 2017, 13)
      • Darian-Smith and McCarty. 2017.The Global Turn: Theories, Research Designs, and Methods for Global Studies. Oakland, CA: University of California Press. ISBN: 9780520293038.
    • You may use the following example for lecture material:
      • IN-TEXT: (McCarty 2019).
      • BIBLIOGRAPHY:
        • McCarty, Philip. 2019. “Lecture Title” Global Studies Forum, October X, 2019, University of California, Irvine.
        • See also this link for citation guidelines: https://www.cdlib.org/ (Links to an external site.) See also the bibliography of The Global Turn for additional examples.

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