"As technology advances, it never becomes less invasive. It never demands less of us. Even now, our privacy is not some pesky impediment to the greater good. It’s not some trip to Cheltenham. The pandemic will pass, but the measures we take now might not." https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/jennifer-o-connell-covid-19-is-normalising-mass-surveillance-of-citizens-1.4213829#sst
"It's not clear how this information sharing is taking place...Who is in charge of making sure the information isn't being misused or abused? How many people can access the data, and who is providing oversight of that access?" #COVIDー19 https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1178696?__twitter_impression=true
"The whole concept of a tradeoff [between the right to privacy with the potential to save lives] is false from the start, because no app can fix the thoroughly inequitable U.S. health care system." @mathbabedotorg https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-04-15/the-covid-19-tracking-app-won-t-work
"We need to use technology as part of disaster response, but the regulatory immaturity of the industry has made technology companies risky allies, even in the best of circumstances. And these are not the best of circumstances" https://www.cigionline.org/articles/digital-response-outbreak-covid-19
There are critical factors (like ventilation) that a purely automated system will not have access to. You cannot “big data” your way out of a “no data” situation. Period. Any attempt to believe otherwise is an exercise in hubris & technology triumphalism. https://blog.gds-gov.tech/automated-contact-tracing-is-not-a-coronavirus-panacea-57fb3ce61d98
We cannot solve a pandemic by coding the perfect app. Hard societal problems are not solved by magical technology, among other reasons because not everyone will have access to the necessary smartphones and infrastructure to make this work. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/04/challenge-proximity-apps-covid-19-contact-tracing
"CovidTracker Ireland might become a ‘super app’, which extends its original ambition and goals."
Will CovidTracker Ireland work? @RobKitchin http://progcity.maynoothuniversity.ie/2020/04/will-covidtracker-ireland-work/
‘We should know them by name’ COVID-19 patient data is leaking out of hospitals and police stations across Russia, leaving the sick and their families to face mass doxxing, threats, and harassment. https://meduza.io/en/feature/2020/04/23/we-should-know-them-by-name?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=share_twitter&utm_campaign=share
"For digital contact tracing systems to succeed, states must drive high levels of voluntary and opt-in use, which requires the design, build, implementation, and rollout of systems that are worthy of the public’s trust and time." https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/technology-policy/news/2020/04/22/483521/digital-contact-tracing-contain-coronavirus/
Dozens of hospitals across the country are using an AI system created by Epic, the big electronic health record vendor, to predict which Covid-19 patients will become critically ill, without validating its effectiveness or harm https://www.statnews.com/2020/04/24/coronavirus-hospitals-use-ai-to-predict-patient-decline-before-knowing-it-works/
"Like thermometers, tires, and many other products that operate safely only within a specific range, these apps should come with a warning about their many points of failure." https://www.brookings.edu/techstream/inaccurate-and-insecure-why-contact-tracing-apps-could-be-a-disaster/
This is one of the best pieces I have read on contact tracing apps yet
"The decisions we make now are going to follow us around for generations. It’s important that we move quickly, but it’s as important that we don’t run headfirst into a surveillance state that offers nothing but oppression & more uncertainty." @_alialkhatib https://ali-alkhatib.com/blog/digital-contact-tracing
UK contact tracing app failed all tests needed in order for it to be included in the NHS Apps Library, including cyber security, clinical safety & performance. App is trialled across households this week & due to be rolled out nationally later this month. https://metro.co.uk/2020/05/04/contact-tracing-app-fails-nhs-cyber-security-tests-12652860/?ito=article.amp.share.top.twitter
Britons will not be able to ask NHS admins to delete their COVID-19 contact-tracking data from government servers, digital arm NHSX's chief exec Matthew Gould admitted to MPs this afternoon. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/05/04/uk_covid_app_human_rights_parliament/
Data privacy advocates in India have launched a legal challenge against the mandatory use of a state-backed contact tracing app.
"to criminally prosecute people for not installing a smartphone app even at the time of a pandemic is illegal" the IFF. https://amp.dw.com/en/coronavirus-indias-contact-tracing-app-comes-under-fire/a-53355647?__twitter_impression=true
Aarogya Setu, India's contact tracing app, initially rolled out on voluntarily opt-in but increasingly becoming mandatory, not only enables federal surveillance on a massive scale, but is a battery-drainer that opened devices to a buffet of hacks. https://gizmodo.com/indias-mandated-contact-tracing-app-is-an-invasive-ins-1843198341?utm_medium=sharefromsite&utm_source=gizmodo_twitter
Documents left unsecured on Google Drive reveal the NHS could in the future ask people to post their health status to its Covid-19 contact tracing app https://www.wired.co.uk/article/nhs-covid-19-app-health-status-future
The pandemic response has become a bitter lesson in everything technology can't do & an eg of Silicon Valley's legendary myopia. States like NY & California have looked carefully at cutting-edge contact-tracing solutions & said, “No thanks,” or “Not now.” https://www.wired.com/story/health-officials-no-thanks-contact-tracing-tech/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=onsite-share&utm_brand=wired&utm_social-type=earned
Surveillance inertia is remarkably difficult to resist. Norms get set & practices & tools become entrenched. And who can say when this will wind down? We’re still dealing with the supposedly temporary surveillance authorized 20yrs ago in the wake of 9/11. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-05-12/coronavirus-tracing-app-apple-google
Nearly a month since launch, the contact tracing app went from being the key to allowing Australians to get back to the footy to being barely relevant https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/24/how-did-the-covidsafe-app-go-from-being-vital-to-almost-irrelevant
Tip: mention @twtextapp on a Twitter thread with the keyword “unroll” to get a link to it.