Tue 21 Apr 20
An Essex academic has contributed to a rapid evidence review on the technical considerations and societal implications of using technology to move out of the current COVID-19 crisis.
Professor Peter Fussey, from the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex and Co-Director of the ESRC funded Human Rights, Big Data and Technology (HRBDT) project, was one of more than 20 experts who inputted into the review, authored by the Ada Lovelace Institute.
The experts were drawn from a wide range of areas including technology, policy, human rights and data protection, public health and clinical medicine, behavioural science and information systems, philosophy, sociology and anthropology.
Speaking about the review, Professor Fussey said: "Digital solutions such as contact tracing, symptom tracking and immunity certification have been widely feted as a means to exit the current COVID-19 lockdown.
“Yet it is crucial that such technologies are used responsibly in a way that protects rights and avoids creating new inequalities and vulnerabilities.
“The Ada Lovelace Institute is at the forefront of many important debates over the role of technology in society and it was fantastic to bring some ideas generated through our HRBDT project into the conversation."
The review focuses on digital contact tracing, symptom tracking apps and immunity certification. Its key findings and recommendations include the following:
Follow the conversation on Twitter using #COVIDTech