The public are ambivalent about their medical data going to private companies, and missteps could erode vital trust.
Even though SARS-CoV-2 is still around, the Australian government has stopped use of the COVIDSafe app. Was it an abject failure, and what lessons can we learn from this exercise?
Home quarantine apps face serious privacy, security and bias issues. Home detention ankle tags might be a better option.
France is requiring people to prove their Covid status in order to access public spaces like cinemas and restaurants. Here’s why that’s a problem.
As hundreds of thousands of people are “pinged” by the NHS track and trace app, how can employers cope with staff shortages?
Students with disability continue to face dire exclusion in education and there is an urgent need to provide inclusive education for them.
The outbreak of COVID-19 could be used as a building block in the future to reinforce international co-operation and strengthen the pillars of globalization.
How do you prove that people have been vaccinated without putting their privacy at risk? The technology and best practices to make it happen exist. It’s far from clear, however, if they’re being used.
The Canadian government needs to develop a national grief strategy to address the needs of its citizens during and after the pandemic.
Bluetooth wireless communication makes it possible to track when people have been exposed to people infected with the coronavirus. The right cryptography scheme keeps alerts about exposures private.
New Zealand has joined a long list of countries using Google and Apple’s mobile contact tracing framework. But if it’s not compatible with Australia’s app, what does that mean for travellers?
Ironically, to encourage people to download the COVID Alert app, we need viral processes as we attempt to contain an actual virus. And that’s a challenge when we’re socially isolated.
Low income workers are suffering much more than high income ones. It’s a pattern that dates back millennia.
The IMF loan does not impose any conditions over and above what is in South African law on how the funds can be used; it only seems to expect the country to implement policies already announced.
Effective national leadership and trust in government appear to be prerequisites for countries to achieve widespread digital contact tracing.
COVIDSafe uses Bluetooth radio waves. These can only measure how physically close two people are, but not if those people are in the same room, or even in different cars passing each other.
Only 51% of survey participants said they supported linking the number of COVIDSafe app downloads with an easing of lockdown restrictions.
The federal government has announced a stepped approach to relaxing social distancing measures. What they haven’t said is how high they’ll allow the curve to rise.
From conflicts with specialised medical devices, through to unresolved problems with iPhone functionality, COVIDSafe is in need of updates. A major one may come within the next few weeks.