Contact Tracing: There’s An App for That, But Should There Be?

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home.

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4 Responses

  1. Philip H says:

    I get that apps and other technology can help with this effort. and i understand the desire to be seen to be doing something. But this approach is way more intrusive and likely to lead to the violation of important rights then, ya know, hiring actual people to do the work (especially with so many unemployed in the US right now). I can see having a voluntary app or an opt in add on to individual cell phone plans, but it needs to be something the use can fully control. I carry a work cell phone and a personal cell phone for precisely this reason.Report

  2. Saul Degraw says:

    Contract tracing is probably the best tool we have for “reopening” the economy. The problem is that most Westerners have been primed to see it as an invasion of civil liberties. Probably with excellent justification but there are no easy solutions.Report

    • Philip H in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      The People talking to other people version is the easiest solution. Yes there are some civil liberties issues potentially associated with it, but person to person contact tracing is a lot more like the census and a lot less like a manhunt.Report

  3. LeeEsq says:

    Combating pandemics and other natural disasters challenges everybody’s ideological priors.Report