The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many digital advancements, including a new app developed in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic, Harvard University, alongside other, dubbed Private Kit Safe Paths.
The Private Kit Safe Paths app asks users to share their location, and are notified when they come into close proximity with someone who has been diagnosed with the virus. The system will also notify users of how long they were in contact with the infected individual. To keep the app accurate, only health professionals are able to update the app with confirmed cases using a secondary app. However, the app will only be effective if a large number of people download and use it.
David Carroll, Associate Professor of Media Design at Parsons the New School stated: “Without leadership urging people to use an app like this, it’s a lost cause, and unfortunately, the more draconian method of involuntary surveillance is more likely to be deployed.”
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