May 15th, 2020

// Re-Opening the Nation: Privacy, Surveillance, and Digital Tools for Contact Tracing

Re-Opening the Nation: Privacy, Surveillance, and Digital Tools for Contact Tracing
A Hastings Center event with Ryan Calo, Ed Felton, and Mildred Solomon
 The Hastings Center, the pioneering bioethics center, will host “Re-Opening the Nation: Privacy, Surveillance, and Digital Tools for Contact Tracing,” an online discussion of the ethical issues related to easing Covid-19 pandemic restrictions in the United States. Testing and contact tracing are the keys to re-opening the nation safely. There is growing interest in the development of digital apps to supplement human-to-human contact tracing or warn people if they are exposed. How will these apps work? Will they preserve privacy? Will they lead to surveillance, or raise other ethical issues? Join this Hastings Center conversation with Ryan Calo, Co-Director, Tech Policy Lab and Associate Professor, School of Law at the University of WashingtonEd Felten, the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University and former Deputy United States Chief Technology OfficerMildred Z. Solomon, President of The Hastings Center The webinar will take place on May 18, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. To attend the event, please register here. For more information, please contact Susan Gilbert or Mark Cardwell at: communications@thehastingscenter.orgThe Hastings Center addresses social and ethical issues in health care, science, and technology. It is the oldest independent, nonpartisan, interdisciplinary research institute of its kind in the world.Ryan Calo is the Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Law. He is a faculty co-director (with Batya Friedman and Tadayoshi Kohno) of the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab. Professor Calo’s research on law and emerging technology appears or is forthcoming in leading law reviews (California Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and Columbia Law Review) and technical publications (MIT Press, Nature, Artificial Intelligence) and is frequently referenced by the mainstream media (NPR, New York Times, Wall Street Journal).Edward W. Felten is the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs and the founding director of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He was previously Deputy United States Chief Technology Officer. His research interests include computer security and privacy, especially relating to media and consumer products; and technology law and policy. He has published about 80 papers in the research literature and two books. His research on topics such as web security, copyright, and copy protection, and electronic voting has been covered extensively in the popular press. His weblog, at, is widely read for its commentary on technology, law, and policy.Mildred Solomon is President of The Hastings Center. Both a bioethicist and a social scientist, Dr. Solomon’s research has focused on palliative care, organ transplantation, medical professionalism, and the responsible conduct of research.  She serves on policy commissions and advises international non-governmental organizations on a wide range of health and science policy topics. In addition to her leadership role at The Hastings Center, Solomon is Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the school’s Fellowship in Bioethics. 


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