Technology in the Time of COVID-19: Ethical Implications & Rights-Based Concerns

May 8, 2020 12:00 pm

Please join the COVID-19 Technology Task Force for a moderated conversation about the ethical and human rights-focused implications of COVID-19 technology this Friday, May 8th.

The industry has mobilized in rapid, historic ways to both lend and develop technology to support various hurdles of the COVID-19 pandemic; ranging from PPE procurement to digitizing manual public health tools like contact tracing. How can the technology industry ensure a holistic view of not only immediate implications, but any externalities that may appear months or years down the road from applications of such technologies?

Please RSVP and we will be in touch with information on joining the livestream.



Chris Calabrese is the Co-CEO at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) where he oversees CDT’s policy portfolio.

Chris has long been an advocate for privacy protections, Internet openness, limits on government surveillance, and fostering the responsible use of new technologies.

Chris has testified before Congress and appeared in many media outlets, including CBS Evening NewsFox News and National Public Radio, discussing technology and privacy issues. He has also been quoted in a variety of publications including the New York TimesWashington Post and Associated Press.


Jennifer Granick fights for civil liberties in an age of massive surveillance and powerful digital technology. As the surveillance and cybersecurity counsel with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, she litigates, speaks, and writes about privacy, security, technology, and constitutional rights.

Granick is the author of the book American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What To Do About It, published by Cambridge Press and winner of the 2016 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.


Riana Pfefferkorn is the Associate Director of Surveillance and Cybersecurity at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Her work focuses on investigating and analyzing the U.S. government's policy and practices for forcing decryption and/or influencing crypto-related design of online platforms and services, devices, and products, both via technical means and through the courts and legislatures.

Riana also researches the benefits and detriments of strong encryption on free expression, political engagement, economic development, and other public interests.


Amos Toh is senior researcher, artificial intelligence and human rights, at Human Rights Watch. He leads the organization’s efforts to document the impact of AI and other data-driven technologies on poverty and inequality.

His areas of focus include the digitization and automation of welfare and social protection services, the labor conditions experienced by on-demand workers in the gig economy, and the use of AI for surveillance and social control (such as facial and affect recognition). He also coordinates the organization’s efforts to develop rights-based approaches to AI governance.


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