Politics of North-South contact tracing app hides real problem

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"Test, track and trace" has become the mantra in the fight against Covid-19. Digital contact tracing apps are presented as a key weapon in this battle. But their use poses significant technical and political challenges. They promise to deliver a quick technological fix, yet they bypass the complex political and social dimensions of this public health emergency. Should we really put our trust into a digital tool with unproven technological efficacy, and with worrying consequences for our civil liberties and human rights, such as our privacy?
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Irish Times
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2020


  • COVID-19
  • tracking app
  • privacy
  • civil liberties
  • human rights


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