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Unified research on privacy-preserving contact tracing and exposure notification for COVID-19 - Google Docs
'This document has been created to share information across the numerous projects that are working to create mobile apps to help contact tracers fight COVID-19. Many technologists who are designing privacy-preserving apps and tools for this process are new to contact tracing, and want to ensure that their work is solidly grounded in the work that public health professionals are doing around the world. This document aims to collate questions, statistics and experiences to ensure that apps are relevant and well-designed.'
docs  gdocs  contact-tracing  privacy  apps  coding  tech  covid-19  collaboration 
yesterday by jm
Aarogya Setu
via Amit Agarwal on Twitter -- India's COVID-19 contact-tracing app, using GPS location and Bluetooth.
ble  bluetooth  contact-tracing  via:amit-agarwal  india  apps  android  ios  covid-19 
2 days ago by jm
Yet another privacy-preserving contact tracing app system, this time from a pan-European consortium:
Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing
(PEPP-PT) makes it possible to interrupt new chains of SARS-CoV-2 transmission rapidly and effectively by informing potentially exposed people. We are a large and inclusive European team. We provide standards, technology, and services to countries and developers. We embrace a fully privacy-preserving approach. We build on well-tested, fully implemented proximity measurement and scalable backend service. We enable tracing of infection chains across national borders. 

(via Cory)
coronavirus  tracing  gdpr  covid-19  privacy  contact-tracing  apps  europe  via:doctorow 
3 days ago by jm
We Need A Massive Surveillance Program (Idle Words)
The most troubling change this project entails is giving access to sensitive location data across the entire population to a government agency. Of course that is scary, especially given the track record of the Trump administration. The data collection would also need to be coercive (that is, no one should be able to opt out of it, short of refusing to carry a cell phone). [...]

But the public health potential of commandeering surveillance advertising is so great that we can’t dismiss it out of hand. I am a privacy activist, typing this through gritted teeth, but I am also a human being like you, watching a global calamity unfold around us. What is the point of building this surveillance architecture if we can't use it to save lives in a scary emergency like this one?

surveillance  advertising  contact-tracing  contact-tracking  tracking  location  smartphones  covid-19  pandemics\ 
12 days ago by jm
good twitter thread roundup on smartphone contract-tracing apps
Juliana Couras on Twitter:
Mobile contact tracing for #COVID19

A thread with multiple references about what is being done in the world, what has already been done and what is not being done in the European Union.
contact-tracing  tracking  apps  smartphone  mobile  eu 
13 days ago by jm
The Singapore government's version of the anonymised-ids-with-BLE local contact tracing app for COVID-19. This has a fancy video! (via Dorothy)
contact-tracing  singapore  contacts  ble  bluetooth  covid-19  pandemics 
14 days ago by jm
Safe Paths
Another privacy-preserving COVID-19 contact-tracing app, this one from MIT:
The news: An app that tracks where you have been and who you have crossed paths with—and then shares this personal data with other users in a privacy-preserving way—could help curb the spread of Covid-19, says Ramesh Raskar at the MIT Media Lab, who leads the team behind it. Called Private Kit: Safe Paths, the free and open-source app was developed by people at MIT and Harvard, as well as software engineers at companies such as Facebook and Uber, who worked on it in their free time.  
mit  contact-tracing  privacy  apps  smartphones  android  ios  covid-19  epidemics  pandemics 
17 days ago by jm
COVID-19 Risk App

COVID-19 has a relatively long infectious incubation period, averaging five days but potentially up to two weeks, during which there may be asymptomatic transmission. In other words, there may be a period of time in which people who carry COVID-19 don't necessarily show symptoms and may not even realise they are infected, but are still capable of infecting others. This makes it harder for health professionals and epidemiologists to trace who has come into contact with infected persons ('contact tracing'), which in turn makes the virus more difficult to effectively contain.

Many people, however, now carry GPS-enabled smartphones which already track their location over time - most mapping apps, like Google Maps or MapQuest, already collect this data by default. We believe that this information could be used to rapidly and automatically perform a type of contact tracing, helping limit the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. These phones are usually also Bluetooth-enabled, allowing them to track and record which other phones they're in proximity to.

We believe that together, these two pieces of information can be used to inform and empower our users in a range of ways. Firstly, we can generate heatmaps of high-risk areas from demographic data, known cases, and epidemiological modelling, allowing users to adjust their behaviour accordingly. Secondly, we can use Bluetooth connections between users to enact cryptographically secure contact tracing and alerting them if we learn that they have been exposed to COVID-19, without revealing the identities or infection status of any other users.
covid-19  contact-tracing  apps  android  ios  smartphones  privacy  location 
18 days ago by jm

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