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Webinar: COVID-19, Technology, Privacy and Civil Liberties

Apr 16, 2020 03:00PM to 04:30PM
Audience: 
Open to the Public, Registration Required
Speaker(s): 
Ed Felten, Princeton University, Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs, founding director, Center for Information Technology Policy

Many systems have been proposed for using technology to help individuals and public health officials better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This talk will analyze the major proposed uses of information technology in the public health response to COVID-19, including aggregate reporting, contact tracing via direct proximity detection or location history matching, and creation of disease status passports. The public health value of these approaches will be considered along with their privacy and civil liberties implications. For several approaches, broad public acceptance is a prerequisite for success, making careful privacy and civil liberties protection an important contributor to public health goals.