Thanks for writing about this topic! I find the idea of implementing a black box algorithm for this purpose to be quite concerning. Every crime and person involved comes with context. Stripping the holistic picture down to a few data points diminishes the purpose of having a criminal justice system that is (ideally) meant to assess this.
Very relevant and thought provoking blog post! In the case of a pandemic, it makes sense why a government would rather act on a false positive and quarantine people who aren’t at risk of being infected – however this is incredibly concerning on an individual level. The example you gave about the Israeli woman being ordered to quarantine after waving to her boyfriend from outside illustrates the reality of this situation. Further, given that the rate of false positives isn’t publicly available, it is impossible to determine how frequently this occurs.
Very relevant topic! I wonder if social media companies would support these practices or not. If they viewed this behavior as having negative repercussions for their platform, they may implement policies that specifically prohibit this practice. The more concerning side of this is if social media companies view these practices favorably and invest in making it easier for employers and schools to access and analyze data.