COVID-19 Apps Are Terrible—They Didn't Have to Be
coronavirus, COVID-19, surveillance, public health, technology
Ray and Bambauer explain how state and federal governments, as well as private companies, "prioritiz[e]d a fetishized notion of individual privacy over collective public health," resulting in a series of decisions that made digital contact tracing extremely ineffective in the United States. They observe, "[t]he reluctance to leverage communications technologies to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus was so strong and so pervasive that the COVID-19 apps in operation today are underpowered and undersubscribed by design." They conclude with lessons to improve preparedness for a future public health crisis.
Ray, Brian E. and Bambauer, Jane, "COVID-19 Apps Are Terrible—They Didn't Have to Be" (2020). Law Faculty Articles and Essays. 1166.