When The Music’s Over – Contact Tracing Apps: Solution or Snake Oil?

Few things in the COVID-verse have been as polarising as contact tracing apps. Gamechangers, or solutions in search of a problem? Centralized or decentralized? Complementary to human contact tracers, or substitutes?

In this session of When The Music’s we bring together:

Sutawan Chanprasert, founder of DigitalReach Asia, has been analysing apps in Asia including Singapore’s TraceTogether, Indonesia’s PeduliLindungi, Thailand’s Mor Chana, Malaysia’s MyTrace, and Vietnam’s Bluezone.

Dr. Michael Veale, Lecturer in Digital Rights and Regulation, Faculty of Laws, University College London, has been co-developing the Decentralized Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing project (DP3T).

Dr. Haksoo Ko, Professor, Seoul National University School of Law, has been studying the privacy implications of South Korea’s tracing strategy.

View the recording of the event below and access resources shared by speakers here.

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We’ve had balcony concerts. Livestreams. Living room jam sessions. Pots and pans banging. And clapping. (So much clapping). We’ve been inspired by the talent, generosity and spirit on display. But continue to ask: what next?

What happens when the music stops, but the surveillance doesn’t? When bands return to stadiums, but emergency powers don’t return to the statute books? When the ‘new normal’ becomes the same old scope creep? When beaches reopen, but migrant worker dorms don’t?

Over the course of our weekly conversation series, When the Music’s Over, we’ll convene scholars, practitioners, and artists, to parse and reimagine the evolving post-COVID19 landscape. We’ll talk rights, norms, policies, practices and artifacts. And we’ll do it with a particular focus on power, inequality, access and vulnerability. In Asia, and beyond. Join us!



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The series is in partnership with the the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung