We were going through the affect of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world and while discussing the supposed effectiveness of the lock-down, we couldn’t help but notice a grave lack of communication/understanding between the general public and the law officials. While the government has allowed people to go out and buy the daily essentials, they face trouble with the lawmen. To bridge this gap between the two parties, we came up with an idea in an attempt to make things easier for both.
And we can do it through the app, people can get "Time Credits", basically an account of the time allotted to them, and can move around to gather essential goods and services without getting bothered by the law authorities. People get the time to gather essential goods and services in time, while the authorities successfully control the flow of people. Win Win!!
A short video explaining the idea:
Detailed version of the app/idea can be read from the link given below:
First, this lacks cultural context. In the free world, people do not want to ask permission to do things from the government, nor do they want to be tracked. This app represents the concept of "requesting a license" to perform a basic human activity. For this to be relevant, the government not only has to be one that is authoritarian, but they have motivation to accept self-service requests and trust that the user is honest.
From a user perspective, it would be worrisome whether these electronic "papers" would be accepted, and who would have access to the information should it be hacked. If they're going to be stopped anyway to have "lawmen" check their phone, what's the advantage over having a conversation? A mobile phone isn't considered proof of anything in most legal systems. While you can lock information keyed to biometrics, the simple possession of a phone doesn't mean it's yours or the information on it is truthful. Why is the phone any more trustworthy than speech?
do you know about aarogya setu app?
People are concerned about their privacy, Why would they trust your app?
You are talking about government and government employees, do you think they will move even a finger to approve your request when they can take a bribe in person?
You need to talk to the government in the centre and in the state than with the police department and to the DC/ magistrate of the district, Are you willing to deal with all these things?
Moving freely is my constitutional right, what will your app do after the pandemic when the government will lift the restriction?
When e-commerce players are delivering goods (In the red zone too), why does anyone need such permission in the first place?
If an Indian is getting everything at home and still wants to go out, do you think he/she will ask for permission?
Yep. Right now you are looking at a short term solution (it is not going to be adopted by many countries) and ...there are literally thousands that have tried to sell the same idea..and in France some have used a similar app. Here in Belgium it is not working. Everyone is sick and tired of government ideas that go way too much into data collection and not at all into real solid solutions. You wonder why GDPR is in place... Restaurants are still closed and many went bankrupt...yet soccer training has started..