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.

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The Lawfare Podcast: Jane Bambauer and Brian Ray on the Lost Promise of Digital Contact Tracing

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.

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COVID-19 Apps Are Terrible—They Didn't Have to Be

COVID-19 apps in the United States have been ineffective as public health tools because they are designed primarily to protect privacy. Poor design choices, effectively mandated by Google and Apple, were driven by ongoing consumer privacy and national security debates that shortsightedly rejected tracking technologies.


The Lawfare Podcast: Yaya Fanusie on 'Central Bank Digital Currencies: The Threat From Money Launderers and How to Stop Them'

Alan Rozenshtein sat down with Yaya Fanusie, a former CIA analyst and an expert on the national security implications of cryptocurrencies, who recently published a paper as part of Lawfare's ongoing Digital Social Contract research paper series, entitled, "Central Bank Digital Currencies: The Threat From Money Launderers and How to Stop Them." They talked about how


The Lawfare Podcast: Kyle Langvardt on Platform Speech and the First Amendment

On Monday, Lawfare released the first paper in its "The Digital Social Contract" paper series. For each paper, Alan Rozenshtein will be doing a podcast interview with the author, and the first guest is law professor Kyle Langvardt of the University of Nebraska College of Law.

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