COVID-19 has caused huge disruptions to the way we live our lives. However, everything will eventually get to some normality again. But it will be a new norm.
I’ll be posting these insights regularly with the fifth one shown below. Data is pivotal in all of the lessons presented. They are brief with factual and personal views. Feel free to comment and contribute. I am expecting differences of opinion. Some of the topics are somewhat controversial. Some lessons learnt are however plainly obvious.
The benefits of contact tracing include:
Digital Contact Tracing technology does work, as demonstrated by many South East Asian countries. Digital contact tracing is important. It serves to locate COVID-19 hot spots; it identifies carriers and where they have been; it notifies people in close proximity of carriers; and manages/controls the spread.
In many western countries, digital contact tracing has been less effective. The adopted technology (like in my native Country Australia - COVIDSAFE) is quite frankly shizen houzen. It does not work – period. Bluetooth technology, on its own, is great for headphones, but terrible for complex digital contact tracing.
Mobile devices embrace many technologies, specifically for tacking and tracing. Technologies include: global positioning systems (GPS), beacons (linked via Bluetooth), telecommunication technology, mobile app data, device data along with other tools can be used to find out where you are, where you’ve been and who was/is around you at the time.
To maximise the benefit of these tools, it is the use of a combination of some or all of the above-mentioned instruments that will render benefit for dealing with COVID-19.
Some (non-technology) reasons for the technology failure include:
Is it possible to make the technology available while still preserving the sensitivities around privacy, data security and proprietary technologies?
Many will hide behind data security, data privacy, and proprietary technology masks and there will be much finger pointing and yet what we have here is a failure to agree. In the near future, almost every device on earth will be connected to the internet. It is a given that billions of phones, computers, digital watches, digital glasses, body chips, Internet of things (IoT) sensors etc. will mark the maturity of the information age. Let’s accept what is happening. Let’s use technology for good because we can. Let the technology providers, governments and its citizens find some common ground for dealing with these types of global issues. Jump the chasm.