The Trust Problem

We are fighting this pandemic with one hand behind our back.

Trust has been eroded by our big institutions. Is this pandemic a chance to rebuild our community “trust” bank?

We would all benefit from knowing in our neighbourhood who is “at-risk”, who is in “self-isolation”, who is a “potential non-symptomatic carrier” of COVID-19.  Each of our neighbours, in each of these categories (and more) need different responses.

Without this data it is hard to create hyper local and relevant responses.

We collectively lack the trust to create these sorts of mapping and tracking technologies. 

Most people agree large corporations cannot be trusted with such specific location data.  Most people don’t want their government (or business partners, neighbours, spouses, ex-spouses) to know this data.  For them it is private.

What if having this data we could create hyper local and relevant responses and contain the effects? Will that help? 

Going Solo

We may not have the collective will or be able to have confidence in the people and systems we encounter and live alongside everyday, to share our location data with each other and ,may choose to forgo a major tool at our disposal.

But  we can know our own data.  Everyday we give our data away – at the checkout, on line in our social media feed, through all kinds of transactions.

Here is an example to see where you have been with Google Maps timeline feature.

A  Comparing With Public Health Data

Once you know where you have been you can cross reference this with public available data on COVID-19.

In The Future


 There are lots of ideas emerging and we want to hear your ideas. 

One idea is – What if people were able to aggregate their data as a co-operative. Every member of the co-op would be able to control what they shared with their family, neighbours and third parties. This would mean you would have data sovereignty. You could link being a member of your co-op with others you trust in the co-op and share your phone number and other pieces of information with specific people for a specific period of time.  You could be sharing your information with the people you trust.

Using a Smart Citizenry Co-op we *could* each tag our phones to our profiles.  This allows you to track yourself and map your movements.  These might then be compared with publicly available data.  You may even choose to make your location data public.

This provides a hyper-local response and if you and your neighbours own your own data under conditions where you get to choose who has what access to it.  

What other ideas do you have for the way local neighbourhood scale co-ops could work and what services might you be able to provide to support one another?


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