Trading Privacy for Effectiveness in Exposure Notifications: A Debate
Thursday, March 11, 2021
1 PM PST / 4 PM EST / 9 PM GMT
The Google/Apple exposure notification system includes a variety of protections to ensure privacy by design. Protections to make the system more voluntary and more secure can also impede its effectiveness in stemming disease. Does the system remain vulnerable to dangerous attacks, despite the existing protections? Do some of the existing protections give up too much epidemiological effectiveness for too little gain in privacy?
Two debaters, both pioneers of decentralized exposure notification protocols, will advocate for different positions along a continuum of possibilities, arguing for different ways of balancing the competing values of privacy and effectiveness.
While these positions must be grounded in the range of technical possibilities, societal decisions should not be made by techies alone, and so this will be followed by responses from experts from other relevant disciplines.
Co-hosted with The Big Data Institute at
The University of Oxford
Speakers and Respondents
Respondent ⏤ Ethics
Professor of bioethics at Princeton University
Debater ⏤ TCN / Covid Watch
Head of Research at WeHealth
Debater ⏤ DP3T
Assistant Professor at EPFL
Dr. Louise Ivers
Respondent ⏤ Public Health
Prof. of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Respondent ⏤ Law
Professor of Law at the University of Arizona
Respondent ⏤ User Acceptability
Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University
Coordinating Committee Co-Chairs
Joanna Masel, PhD
Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at The University of Arizona
Luca Ferretti, PhD
Senior Researcher in Statistical Genetics and Pathogen DynamicsBig Data Institute, The University of Oxford
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