A worker checks passengers’ body temperatures and a health code on their phones before they take a taxi after arriving at Hankou railway station in Wuhan. Technology has been crucial to getting around in China during the pandemic but not everyone is able to take part in this digitally-driven society. Photo: AFPA worker checks passengers’ body temperatures and a health code on their phones before they take a taxi after arriving at Hankou railway station in Wuhan. Technology has been crucial to getting around in China during the pandemic but not everyone is able to take part in this digitally-driven society. Photo: AFP
A worker checks passengers’ body temperatures and a health code on their phones before they take a taxi after arriving at Hankou railway station in Wuhan. Technology has been crucial to getting around in China during the pandemic but not everyone is able to take part in this digitally-driven society. Photo: AFP

China’s coronavirus status app shuts many citizens out of society, but there are ways to bridge digital divide

  • There needs to be a complementary system for people who have poor digital skills or no internet access, say experts
  • Uneven tech distribution echoes gaps in age, wealth and education and, if not rectified, may lock many out of Chinese public life

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A worker checks passengers’ body temperatures and a health code on their phones before they take a taxi after arriving at Hankou railway station in Wuhan. Technology has been crucial to getting around in China during the pandemic but not everyone is able to take part in this digitally-driven society. Photo: AFPA worker checks passengers’ body temperatures and a health code on their phones before they take a taxi after arriving at Hankou railway station in Wuhan. Technology has been crucial to getting around in China during the pandemic but not everyone is able to take part in this digitally-driven society. Photo: AFP
A worker checks passengers’ body temperatures and a health code on their phones before they take a taxi after arriving at Hankou railway station in Wuhan. Technology has been crucial to getting around in China during the pandemic but not everyone is able to take part in this digitally-driven society. Photo: AFP
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