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Tech Is Not Bad

Tech is neither good nor bad, it's what we do with it that mat----, hmmm, "Guns are neither good nor bad it's ...", Ok, my starting position has been undermined by my own brain within seconds of starting. My father, Derek, has Alzheimer's and has been in a care home all of 2020. Whilst this is of course a long way away for me here in Aotearoa New Zealand and the same for my brother in Sweden it has also been an barrier for my Mum who's not been allowed to visit him since COVID hit Wales. She calls him on the phone a few times a week, has some classic conversations ranging from being at Base Camp One ready for the push to the summit, through memories of the past but happening to him now, and sometimes to actual cogent conversations. It's not the same though for my Mum, to hug her husband and feel his heartbeat against hers is her ongoing dream. Tech is good for us. A few months ago we asked the care home if we could have a Skype call with him. Of course the

MoH COVID Tracing App Does NOT Tell Others Where You've Been

But how, if they the Ministry Of Health contact tracing app doesn't tell the government where you've been, can they alert you that you need to get tested because you've been somewhere that someone who has tested positive has been? This is how ... I visit Venue I QR / manually check in using my phone app My phone app stores 'Venue' and 'Date' visit on my phone ... life goes on ... DHB discovers COVID issue at Venue on Date, tells Ministry of Health Ministry of Health tells central app peeps, "There is a COVID Issue at Venue + Date" Central app peeps send alert to ALL phones with app installed, "COVID Issue at Venue + Date" My phone app (like all phones with the app installed) receives the alert My phone app checks my phone Venue and Date against the alert Venue + Date If my phone app finds a match it alerts me As you can see, for contact alerting, there is nothing being sent off my phone. When Android and iOS Bluetooth functionality is in