England's new contact tracing app fixes privacy problems – whether it will work is another matter

Countries around the world have struggled to get people to download and use contact tracing apps.

Max Eiza, Lecturer in Networking & Cybersecurity, University of Central Lancashire • conversation
Aug. 18, 2020 ~6 min

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Contact tracing's long, turbulent history holds lessons for COVID-19

Trust in the confidentiality of contact tracing broke down during the AIDS epidemic. Today, it's faltering again.

Ronald Bayer, Professor Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~10 min

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Digital contact tracing's mixed record abroad spells trouble for US efforts to rein in COVID-19

Effective national leadership and trust in government appear to be prerequisites for countries to achieve widespread digital contact tracing.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~11 min

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Workplaces are turning to devices to monitor social distancing, but does the tech respect privacy?

Smartphone apps and wearable devices can tell when workers have been within six feet of each other, promising to help curb the coronavirus. But they're not all the same when it comes to privacy.

Ari Trachtenberg, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, and Computer Science, Boston University • conversation
June 9, 2020 ~9 min

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A few superspreaders transmit the majority of coronavirus cases

Epidemiological data suggests that 80% of COVID-19 cases can be traced to just 20% of those infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Elizabeth McGraw, Professor of Entomology and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
June 5, 2020 ~8 min

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We may be safer now from coronavirus than we were three months ago, but we're not totally safe

If coronavirus is still circulating, why are we safer now that social distancing measures have been relaxed? A public health expert explains.

Ryan Malosh, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan • conversation
June 4, 2020 ~6 min

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How coronavirus contact tracing works in a state Dr. Fauci praised as a model to follow

Since the state's first coronavirus case surfaced, trained case investigators have traced the contacts of every person who tested positive. Here's what else South Carolina got right.

Jenny Meredith, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, University of South Carolina • conversation
May 28, 2020 ~9 min

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Why we need the human touch in contact tracing for coronavirus

Humans can identify asymptomatic cases, build trust and assauge fears. Apps cannot.

Roderick Bailey, Research Fellow, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~7 min

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UK coronavirus app expert verdict: strong privacy protection and added benefits

Despite criticism, the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app seems well designed.

James Irvine, Reader in Mobile Communications, University of Strathclyde • conversation
May 7, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: why testing and contact tracing isn't a simple solution

Are criticisms that governments should have done more fair?

Jimmy Whitworth, Professor of International Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

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