COVID Contact Tracing: Opening Pandora’s box
Date: June 3, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic is a deadly crisis and, an opportunity for rapid technological and social change. Contact Tracing, a longstanding public health strategy for managing the spread of infections is a prime area for innovation. Contact tracing works by trying to identify everyone whom a sick person may have exposed. Then reaching out to potentially exposed people to help them take appropriate action.
To date, this has been a labour-intensive manual process, but the potential and prevalence of mobile for proximity and location tracking present a new and tempting Pandora’s box for epidemiological surveillance. Selectively delivering individualized alerts about potential exposure may be a significant tool for managing current and future outbreaks, informing health policy and expediting recovery.
But while there may be initial public health benefits, there may also be significant long-term risks and unintended consequences of their deployment.
Join us for a discussion of “Contact Tracing Apps”: How do they work? What are the trade-offs? Can we reap the benefits and minimize risks by building in Privacy by Design?