Downloaded by 160 million people, Aarogya Setu makes mistakes that users discover afterwards. And it cannot be used by the hundreds of millions of poor people without a smartphone.
It is the most widely used Covid-19 case tracing application in the world. Launched in April 2020 on cellphones across India, Aarogya Setu has been downloaded so far “By 160 million people”, indicates the information site Scroll. Officially, it aims to “Allow the search for people who have come into contact with infected people” by means of a GPS tracking system and Bluetooth, which “Detects other phones located near a user and alerts the user when cases of Covid-19 are around”.
The app also has “A self-assessment function”, so that people considered at risk can report any symptoms. The data collected is centralized by “A specific platform” piloted by the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras. “But is all this effective?” wonders
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