Thursday 30 April 2020

Digital Contact Tracing

Over the last couple of weeks I've written quite a bit about digital contact tracing in the context of COVID-19 and the potential to introduce technology to help make contact tracing more effective. Below are some links to these opinion pieces, which I'll update when I remember to do it:

31 March 2020: The trade-offs for digital data and contact tracing, in which I talk about the subjectivity of proportionality and the difficult trade-off between public health and privacy.

6 April 2020: Hard decisions in digital contact tracing, and a similar later piece in The Spinoff, discussing the myriad of difficult questions that have to be answered, including uptake/adoption rates, usability, privacy, errors, and groups of people who might miss out.

11 April 2020: Digital giants enter digital contact tracing, which talks about the Apple-Google proposal to embed Bluetooth-based contact tracing protocols into all Android and iPhone devices.

13 May 2020: On Fragmentation of Digital Contact Tracing Registers, which was at a time when there were many QR code systems from a variety of different vendors, leading to confusion and frustration for users. This also led to a more complete, retrospective article published in ACM Interactions.