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Covid-19 smartphone-based contact tracking and tracing: an international perspective

Bronwyn Howell, October 2020

Last month, the International Telecommunications Society, a forum for leading practitioners, academics and policy-makers to meet and share ideas, hosted a webinar involving participants from 27 countries (and according to ITS Chair Stephen Schmidt, “from every continent other than Antarctica”) on technology-based Covid-19 tracking and tracing apps.

Message from the Chair

ITS Chair Stephen Schmidt

Dear ITS Colleagues:

(ITS Chair’s Opening Remarks from the ITS Webinar: Digital Policies – an East-West Perspective (November 22, 2021)


Thank you to everyone joining us, today, from across the world for today’s International Telecommunications Society (ITS) webinar, “Digital Policies – an East-West Perspective”.   

Thank you, in particular, to those joining us from very challenging time zones – in Asia where it is bedtime and on west side of North America, where it is still bedtime, as well, for many!

Today’s webinar is the 10th ITS webinar since the onset of the pandemic, which have covered diverse and timely topics such as:  remote work, deep fakes, smart cities, and recently, digital platforms.

This is the second in a series of three ITS webinars, this fall, on digital platforms:

  • On 21 October, we held a webinar on Fake News; and
  • On 9 December, we will hold a further webinar on OTT content.

Today’s webinar highlights that the world is on the cusp of a new era of regulation. As digital platforms, such as Facebook and Google, gain increasing influence in our lives, policymakers across all countries are struggling to balance the benefits of digital platform innovations against growing concerns over competition, online harm, privacy, and more

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