The Role of Law, Norms, and Technology in Contact Tracing


Location: Webinar

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Italy’s suffering and courage in the face of the coronavirus pandemic were evident to an American audience earlier this Spring. As time has progressed, the country has passed the curve’s peak and is now reopening and developing a new rhythm of daily life. One feature of the new normal is the use of a new contact tracing app, “Immuni”, which was developed by a private company and promoted by the Italian government. The app’s development has been shaped by EU privacy law and Italian law, but its efficacy depends on compliance shaped not only by law but by cultural norms. Within the parameters of privacy, fundamental rights, and cultural habits, can Immuni be effective? What role might law, and the technology it shapes, continue to have in our fight against the coronavirus? For an American audience these questions are increasingly important as the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow in various states and we consider how to implement contact tracing ourselves, even on the Notre Dame campus. Italy, with its current use of Immuni and its place ahead of the curve can serve as an example for Notre Dame and the United States as we confront these extraordinary circumstances. Join us for a roundtable discussion of these topics with Professor Andrea Pin of the Università di Padova, Elisa Spiller, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Università di Padova, Lamberto Ballan, a Professor of Computer Science at the Università di Padova, Professor Giuseppe Sartori of the Department of General Psychology at the Università di Padova, Professor Mark McKenna of Notre Dame Law School, and Professor Kirsten Martin of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business.

This event will be live streamed on YouTube and on the website of the AI&Society Project.

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