Coronavirus Conversations

While our in-person events have been disrupted, we didn’t want to let that get in the way of getting important timely content out to the world. In that spirit, we have launched Coronavirus Conversations — a special series of talks recorded using videoconferencing technology. Special thanks to Zoom for their in-kind support!

April 21, 2020 How to Continue: Contact Tracing and Privacy

Experts agree that getting our economy back online is dependent on several conditions, including widespread testing, continued social controls, and contact tracing. Many countries have implemented smartphone applications that can help detect exposure to known-infected individuals, but they often sacrifice privacy. How does contact tracing work, and is it possible to maintain a reasonable level of privacy?

Please join us for a special, live conversation with epidemiologist Dr. Lina Moses from Tulane University; Paul-Olivier Dehaye, mathematician, data privacy advocate and founder of PersonalData.io; and Greg Nadeau and John Werner from the Covid SafePaths team. Covid SafePaths is an open source, privacy-preserving, location tracking toolkit being developed by a team of volunteers utilizing MIT’s differential privacy technology, in addition to the new proximity detection APIs announced by Google and Apple.


March 31, 2020: Leana Wen


March 22, 2020: Avi Rubin