What if smartphones could help contain COVID-19?
What if smartphones could help contain COVID-19?
In recent years, smartphones have increasingly attracted attention as a key tools in emergency and disaster situations. Almost all smartphones are nowadays equipped with GPS sensors that can track the location of their owners. Comparing the location history of infected individuals with the location history of all other Smartphone users (tested positive or not yet tested) could help health authorities gain much better understanding of where the transmission might have occurred, and who else should be tested with urgency, avoiding the further spread of the infection.
Publication type:
policy brief
Publication language:
English
Publication date:
2020-03
Publication URL:
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/ATAG/2020/641541/EPRS_ATA(2020)641541_EN.pdf
Institute:
European Parliament / Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) (STOA)
Country:
EU
Project:
The ethics of artificial intelligence: Issues and initiatives (STOA)