COVID-19 and Surveillance Technology

with Bruce Schneier - 12:30pm EDT / 9:30am PDT

May 29, 2020 | 12:30 – 13:30 Download .ics


Technology has played a central role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that has come with increased risks to privacy. How do we balance our needs for safety, convenience and privacy in the wake of this crisis?

As the world prepares to reopen there is a move to develop smartphone apps for digital contact tracing. Some countries such as Israel and China are already using technology to track individual movements. As governments and technology companies are authorized to gather yet more data on individuals there are increased fears of a surveillance society and an inability to roll back invasions of privacy. Join us as technology security expert Bruce Schneier explores the trade-offs between public safety and civil liberties as we bring new technologies to bear in response to the pandemic.

There will be a time for Q&A after the presentation. Questions can be submitted using the Q&A function in Zoom. Alternatively they can be submitted in advance to [email protected].

Bruce Schneier is a cryptographer, computer security professional, privacy specialist and writer. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and at the Belfer Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, as well as a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is also a special advisor to IBM Security and the Chief Technology Officer of Resilient. He is the author of several books on general security topics, computer security and cryptography and is a contributing writer for The Guardian news organization.

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