As covid-19 started spreading around the globe, an avalanche of recent digital providers and data-driven approaches has emerged to help pandemic response. From smartphone publicity notifications to vaccine allocation algorithms, these techniques have been developed underneath the watch of politicians, public well being officers, scientists and companies. They’ve additionally confronted many challenges.

The Pandemic Know-how Mission examines how these techniques are getting used within the struggle in opposition to SARS-CoV-2. Over the course of 2021, it can examine and report on the assorted ways in which digital applied sciences are developed and deployed.

The undertaking is funded by help supplied by a grant to MIT Know-how Evaluate from the Rockefeller Basis. Content material is editorially unbiased and output is overseen by MITTR editor Bobbie Johnson. Except in any other case said, all materials posted by the undertaking mirror the views of the person contributors, and never the Massachusetts Institute of Know-how, or the Rockefeller Basis.

The way it began

Our protection began in March 2020, as we noticed technologists discussing how smartphones might assist detect attainable publicity to the illness. This led to a flood of apps and techniques, which we started monitoring developments via our Covid Tracing Tracker.

Because the pandemic continued, we noticed these applied sciences supplemented by different digital interventions, together with increasing the usage of digital well being data, the prospect of immunity passports, and different data-driven methods of approaching the unfold of covid-19.

The way it’s going

In November 2020, we expanded the undertaking to soak up this bigger panorama. The undertaking is now funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Basis, and alongside the core workers of Know-how Evaluate, we’ve devoted reporters and editors centered on uncovering extra about these essential questions.

Principal investigator, undertaking lead: Bobbie Johnson
Editor: Lindsay Muscato
Reporters: Cat Ferguson, Mia Sato

You possibly can see a full listing of tales we have revealed on the Pandemic Know-how Mission web page.

What they’re saying about us

The undertaking and tracker have acquired protection in information retailers around the globe, from worldwide broadcasters to native web sites. Should you’re a member of the press considering speaking to our staff about this work or the position of know-how within the pandemic, please electronic mail lindsay.muscato@technologyreview.com

Our work has additionally been utilized in public well being selections, and cited in research and analysis papers. In case you are referencing our work, or have an curiosity in our information please electronic mail ctt@technologyreview.com to tell us.

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