Google and Apple for novel coronavirus
In the upcoming month, both Google and Apple will reveal its features to activate the contact tracing on iOS as well as Android to figure out those people who have contact with somebody who has shown positive results for the novel coronavirus. Security experts are so quick to highlight the apparent dangers that include privacy risks such as revealing the identities of COVID-19 infected users, assisting the advertisers in tracking those infected users, and so on.
These are fresh and new concerns in recognizable debates about the ethics of tech –
- How should technologists think about the trade-off between the emergency requirement for public individual privacy and health surveillance?
- What about the misinformation, misconception and free speech?
Facebook, as well as other platforms, are now playing an active role than before in determining the quality of information by promoting official information sources greatly and eliminating some posts from the users who are disregarding social distancing.
Technologies for this challenge
Since the coronavirus pandemic is now spreading, and, in addition to this, the race to expand new technologies, it is crucial than ever that the technology finds a path to examine the questions. Today, technologies are ill-equipped for the challenge.
Over the previous few years, academics have worked hard to provide the students with better ways to mention ethical dilemmas technology. Stanford, last year, declared a popular undergraduate course entitled – “Ethics, Public Policy, and Technological Change”. The course will be taught by the faculties from philosophy, computer science, and political science.
To widen the teaching to the tech practitioners, Bloomberg Beta agreed to host a similar Stanford faculty for carrying out an experiment. Based on the undergraduate course, could they really plan an educational experience for the senior students who work throughout the tech field? They adapted the content, location, and structure of the class by creating a six-week evening course in San Francisco.