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Under pressure from a pandemic: the science and techniques for tracking

Posted on May 31, 2020

Follow-up requests raise many ethical questions.Photo: iStock / Orbon Ali

Yves Gingras is Scientific Director of the Observatory of Science and Technology of the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) and collaborator of the University of Quebec in Montreal. Light years On Radio ICI-Canada. It assesses monitoring technologies and their potential failures, the paramount importance of independent evaluation, and the specific science that takes turns in health emergencies.

Bluetooth tracking apps are used around the world to limit the spread of COVID-19. This technology is already in use in Singapore and Australia, and France is launching its own version of the system, StopCovid, over the weekend. In Quebec, the nonprofit Mila, where Yoshua Bengio works, has developed a similar app, and the federal government has also contacted several companies.

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