InternetNZ is offering to host an online meeting next
week to help work through the issues with contact tracing
technology. It today also releases two
documents
to help inform the discussion.

Today the
Prime Minister announced that contact tracing technology
will be one of three pillars in New Zealand’s strategy to
contain COVID-19.

InternetNZ is offering its thinking
on how the Internet might be used to support efforts to
contain the spread of the coronavirus.

“In this
unprecedented time of physical distancing, we have seen New
Zealanders use the Internet to connect with each other, work
from home, and stay informed. Now it’s time to explore the
potential for the Internet to also help us with contact
tracing and containing the spread of COVID-19”, says
InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter.

InternetNZ
acknowledges the Prime Minister’s three pillars for
successful COVID-19 response: border control, vigorous
testing and contact tracing, and using all the technology
available.

“We welcome this approach, and now we must
ensure that any technology solution is developed and
implemented in a way that earns the trust and buy-in of all
New Zealanders,” Carter says.

“New Zealanders should
understand how their phone can be used to help health
professionals conduct efficient and effective contact
tracing, and should be able to opt in or out of any location
tracking based technologies”, says Carter.

To
contribute to this conversation, InternetNZ has released two
short discussion papers:

Contact
tracing and your data: an introduction‘

Contact
tracing and your data’ is an introduction to how your
phone can be used to track your location, and how this
information could be used to help experts understand
COVID-19, and enable efficient, effective contact tracing.
We also have a look at a few ways the government could use
existing tech to implement nationwide proximity and location
pinpointing.

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Let’s
talk contact tracing: our offer to host a conversation on
social licence

‘Talking contact tracing’ is
our offer to host the conversation needed to ensure any
technology for contact tracing will earn the trust and
support of New Zealanders. Building this social licence will
be important for any contact tracing technology to be
effective. We are offering to host an online conversation
the week after Easter so this can happen quickly, in a way
that can reach New Zealanders during the current Level 4
lockdown.

We want to see government, health,
technology, civil society and academia collaborating towards
outcomes that reflect the values of New Zealanders, as we
meet challenges of COVID-19
together.

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