“This app is a simple, genius idea that can help protect public health and eradicate the virus,” said ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys.
V’landys was referring to the Australian Government’s app that is purported to give everyone in the country with access to the app the ability to determine if and when they had been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of corona virus.
The app has distinctly Orwellian overtones. No, George Orwell was not a halfback for the Canterbury Bulldogs; he was the author of “Nineteen Eighty-Four” a science fiction novel published in 1949 about a dystopian future where everyone was under constant government surveillance.
Drawing a parallel to the current situation would seem to incline one to cast V’landys as Big Brother, the phrase used by people in Orwell’s novel to describe the government.
Many have expressed concern over the government having access to citizens’ private data and how that data will be stored.
Few have raised any objections to the reality that one world-dominating search engine and one very popular social media app has information that would make any government drool.
The sanguine approach would be to simply assume that the government will handle this the way it handles most things, with bureaucracy and ineptitude that astounds the imagination.
The NRL is behind the app, as it is desperate to resume play.
Added V’landys, “We absolutely believe in the importance of the community health message and are proud to work with the government to promote it far and wide.”
The basic scheme for the NRL involves the ability for clubs to resume training on May 4, with a return to actual games at the end of the month.
NRL clubs will be limited to 50 people, including players and staff.
There are plenty of other restrictions, the most troubling of which includes an independent “spy” to ensure clubs are adhering to the guidelines of a draft document that must be ratified by the RLPA, including the provision to accept the Government’s surveillance software.