In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital technology was touted as a potential savior. In particular, there was a burst of enthusiasm around so-called digital contact tracing apps, which would track people's movements and interactions and notify them if they had been exposed to COVID. Apple and Google, which together control the operating systems for virtually the entire smartphone market, joined forces and created a standard to help researchers, private entities and governments create contact tracing apps.
Digital Social Contract
“The Digital Social Contract” paper series explores the role of changing technology and non-government actors in driving social, legal, and political change. It features long-form research papers and podcast interviews focusing on the relationship between governments, technology companies, and citizens. The Digital Social Contract paper series is supported by funding from Facebook, which played no role in the selection of the specific topics or authors and which played no editorial role in the individual papers.