Identifying and Mitigating Humanitarian Challenges to COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Kelsie Nabban, Paul Gardner-Stephen, Marta Poblet

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Abstract

COVID-19 contact tracing has rapidly emerged as a dynamic field of endeavor, with different countries taking different approaches, both politically and technologically. In this paper we examine the situation of Australia’s development of a COVID-19 contact tracing application (which is in reality a proximity tracing application) as a case-study. Both technological and societal elements are considered, in particular, the delivery of poor protection, or the perception of poor protection, of privacy and civil liberties to negatively impact the adoption of such an application, and thus hamper its potential. The rest of the paper explores this digital-politic nexus and tensions within crisis response, and examines the trade-off can be improved through increasing public trust of such technologies by improving their actual and perceived privacy and human rights properties without reducing their medical effectiveness. Lessons for humanitarian organizations are extracted from this.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-7388-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-7389-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2020
Event2020 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) - (Virtual), Seattle, United States
Duration: 29 Oct 20201 Nov 2020
Conference number: 10th
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Publication series

Name2020 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2020

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
Abbreviated titleIEEE-GHTC 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period29/10/201/11/20
OtherThe 10th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2020) is an international flagship conference sharing practical technology enabled solutions addressing the needs of underserved populations and resource constrained environments around the world and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).
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Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Contact tracing
  • Civil liberties

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