Posted: 18/06/20

18 June 2020: As countries around the world slowly begin to reopen and restart businesses, there is the ongoing need for contact tracing that governments are trying to implement in the most efficient ways. 

The development of contact tracing apps will take this a step further. With the apps running in the background, individuals exact GPS location will be tracked and you will be able to get notifications if you have been near someone who has tested positive. Naturally, these apps have drawn out significant discussion about who controls this data and how we can ensure privacy.

This upcoming Tuesday, AI4EU Cafe is hosting an event to discuss exactly this issue. The virtual event is titled “COVID-19 and Contact Tracing Apps” and will include ADAPT Researcher and member of the HELIOS project, Kevin Koidl. The event will be from 15:00-16:00 on June 23rd and registration is free.

The event is hosted by AI4EU with several participants joining the discussion from HELIOS. The HELIOS project is funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Programme and is investigating and developing a decentralised platform for creating Android social media apps. Think WordPress, but instead of developing plug-ins and templates, you create social media apps. The end result will be a sophisticated peer-to-peer platform that respects all the ethical and legal requirements. 

Next week’s discussion is part of an overall conversation about online privacy, social media, and Big Data.

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