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CDT Webinar Series: A Debate on the Risks of Bluetooth Contact Tracing

May 15, 2020 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm

The world is moving rapidly to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus – and the Center for Democracy & Technology’s policy teams are working just as fast to ensure that government leaders, policymakers, and tech companies protect our civil liberties as well as our health. As part of our response, we are hosting a series of webinar discussions on some of the most important short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19, and we invite you to join us.

Countries around the world, and state governments in the United States, are deploying Bluetooth-enabled proximity apps to notify people that they may have been exposed to a person who has COVID-19. Developers are scrambling to produce these contact tracing apps, and Google and Apple are developing an Application Program Interface to facilitate their deployment.

Are these apps effective, and can the privacy, equality, and “mission creep” concerns that surround them be addressed? This issue will come to a head when Stanford Law School’s Albert Gidari and the ACLU’s Neema Singh Guliani headline the next CDT COVID-19 webinar and debate whether, at this time, the potential benefits of Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing outweigh the risks.


Space is limited, so please RSVP if you plan to join us. Once you have RSVP’ed, instructions to join by computer and by phone will be sent to your inbox prior to the event.

When: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 12:30-1:15 PM EDT


  • Albert Gidari, Consulting Director of Privacy, Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society (debater);
  • Neema Singh Guliani, Senior Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office (debater);
  • Avery Gardiner, Senior Fellow for Competition, Data, and Power, Center for Democracy & Technology (moderator);
  • Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel and Director, Freedom, Security & Technology Project, Center for Democracy & Technology (introduction)

Questions: We will be accepting questions before and during the discussion. Submit any questions via email at or via Twitter at #cdtquestions and @CenDemTech. For those joining via computer, you will also be able to ask questions during the discussion using the chat or the “raise your hand” function.

This webinar will be recorded, and all attendees, as well as those on the waitlist, will be sent the recording via email once the event is over.

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