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Contact-tracing apps are not a solution to the COVID-19 crisis

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
April 27, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The unprecedented threat from the novel coronavirus has confined many Americans to their homes, distancing them from one another at great cost to local economies and personal well-being. Meanwhile the pressure grows on American institutions to do something—anything—about the pandemic.

The Ethical Use of Personal Data to Build Artificial Intelligence Technologies: A Case Study on Remote Biometric Identity Verification

Author(s): 
Neal Cohen
Publication Date: 
April 26, 2020
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

ABSTRACT: Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies have the capacity to do a great deal of good in the world, but whether they do so is not only dependent upon how we use those AI technologies but also how we build those AI technologies in the first place. The unfortunate truth is that personal data has become the bricks and mortar used to build many AI technologies and more must be done to protect and safeguard the humans whose personal data is being used. Read more about The Ethical Use of Personal Data to Build Artificial Intelligence Technologies: A Case Study on Remote Biometric Identity Verification

Apple and Google Announced a Coronavirus Tracking System. How Worried Should We Be?

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
April 16, 2020
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

Apple and Google last week announced a joint contact tracing effort that would use Bluetooth technology to help alert people who have been in close proximity to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Similar proposals have been put forward by an MIT-associated effort called PACT as well as by multiple European groups.
Read more about Apple and Google Announced a Coronavirus Tracking System. How Worried Should We Be?

The Limits of Location Tracking in an Epidemic

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
April 8, 2020
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

As Americans struggle to confront the COVID-19 outbreak, some have suggested that cell phone location tracking technology can help in the effort to contain the disease. The tech industry and the White House are reportedly having conversations over how information technology might be deployed, and there is increasing discussion about how foreign countries are using technology. The governor of Florida has even floated the idea of using an app to track visitors from COVID-19 hotspot New York. Read more about The Limits of Location Tracking in an Epidemic

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