Digital Contact Tracing Tools
The American Geographical Society and its EthicalGEO Initiative’s Location Tech Task Force is convening a series of Blue-Ribbon Panels, Leadership and Research Spotlights examining the ethical implications of mobile location technology in the era of COVID-19 and beyond. This upcoming Research Spotlight features Lauren Zabierek and Maria Barsallo Lynch of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. They have recently released their report ‘Considerations for Digital Contact Tracing Tools for COVID-19 Mitigation: Recommendations for Stakeholders and Policymakers’. During this one hour conversation, we will discuss the benefits and challenges surrounding digital contact tracing, as well as frame the dialogue on various proposed solutions to the current health, social, and economic crises. Lauren and Maria are working on the promotion for the creation of a National Coordinating and Convening Body to address common challenges, scale policy decisions, and implement technical solutions to enhance digital contact tracing efforts.