WEBINAR: Protecting lives & liberty: Smartphone surveillance in the COVID-19 era

April 23, 2020 11:00 am to 12:15 pm

ABSTRACT: Contact-tracing has become a key piece in the strategies being rolled out across the world to efficiently test, track, and treat those affected by COVID-19. Smartphones have emerged can be a helpful tool to scale the efforts, but the underlying technology has limitations and safeguards against abuse and discrimination are needed to ensure that we protect both lives and liberty.


Ryan Calo (Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Law and Co-director of the University Tech Policy Lab): Ryan is a law professor specializing in law and technology with courtesy appointments in computer science and information science. He co-founded two interdisciplinary research initiatives at the University of Washington and has testified three times before the United States Senate, most recently about the role of technology and information in combating the novel coronavirus.

Carl Bergstrom (Professor at the University of Washington): Carl is a biology professor with extensive experience in the epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases including SARS, H5N1 avian flu, H1N1 swine flu. His public health background has become integrated with his ongoing research on the spread of disinformation through social and traditional media channels during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the concomitant `infodemic’ of misinformation

Lydia de la Torre (Of Counsel at Squire Patton Boggs): Lydia de la Torre provides strategic privacy, data protection and cybersecurity advice. Lydia is licensed to practice law in the US (California) and Europe (Spain.) She started her career in 1997 and her work with organizations has run the gamut, from pre-IPO start-ups to mature Fortune 500 companies, in a multitude of industries, including e-commerce, fintech and computer hardware. Before joining Squire, Lydia served as co-director of the Santa Clara Law School Data Privacy Certificate Program, where she continues to teach privacy law. Lydia is a prolific writer, and the editor of Golden Data, a Medium publication focused on data laws.

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