Network of Centers discussion focuses on uses of data to combat COVID-19

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Current responses to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are largely focused on national scales, exacerbated by the closing of borders and heightened travel restrictions in an effort to contain the virus. As part of these national responses, countries and governments — as well as private and nonprofit players within these locales — are exploring the use of data and apps to help prevent the spread of the virus and identify carriers. By attempting to digitize contact tracing, or using data to determine the places and people with whom an individual may have contracted COVID-19, a wealth of legal and privacy concerns…


Takeaways from a special discussion with the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers (NoC)

On March 19, the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers (NoC), incubated in part by the Berkman Klein Center (BKC), convened a special virtual session with Yves Daccord, the Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to discuss the intersection of the Internet and society field with the crisis surrounding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Map of the world with a network overlay
Map of the world with a network overlay
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The meeting, organized by BKC Executive Director Urs Gasser in collaboration with Assistant Director of Research Amar Ashar and team, fostered an open dialogue featuring insight and reflections from colleagues around the world. …

Carolyn Schmitt

Writer. Communicator. UVA Media Studies alumna currently at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard.

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