Covid-19 Contact-Tracing? You may have seen it mentioned once or twice in the media

In this “Secure In Mind” podcast episode, Professor Katina Michaels and Dr Roba Abbas share their thoughts on the current global push for the adoption of technological applications that enable Contact Tracing

29 Apr 2020

In this episode of Secure In Mind, I was fortunate enough to be joined by two academics from Australia, both of whom have extensive research in the use of technologies for surveillance purposes and the surrounding socio-ethical arguments this topic rightly attracts for debate.

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Professor Katina Michael and I have been meaning to record a podcast for over a year, and since travel has been (and still is for the foreseeable future) out of the question, we had the time to virtually pick up on our draft conversations with this topical tour de force. Katina and I were also joined by Dr Roba Abbas for the antipodean view of the debate; Roba was previously a student of Katina’s, and amongst the three of us, the conversation flowed across different geographical regions quite nicely.

Rather than exposing too much of the discussion in this preamble, have a listen and let us know what you think. There is a huge amount to unpack in terms of the ethics, necessity, societal shaming, risks, scope, competing interests… so use this to equip yourself with information to determine if downloading that voluntary app in your country is for you.

Info on our guest here.

Info on our guest here.

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Nick is someone who, in many senses, is just like you; a human being trying to make sense of this existence of ours as we hurtle around a ball of gas in a sea of infinite eternity. More relevant though are his vacillations in the world amongst diverse countries and environments

Collaborating, negotiating, elaborating and celebrating with fascinating people from all walks of life including politics, technology, activism, military and intelligence the world over. He brings this unique breadth of perspective to the table and has a dogged interest in pursuing the human story behind the title or policy, appreciating the fact that underneath all of our bravado, political correctness and dichotomous states of creation and destruction, we are, after all, merely mortals trying to make the best of it.

Notes (credits)

This episode sits on a for profit platform for the convenience of access to a large audience, for which I am grateful! It means the messages, conversations, controversies and more that are discussed in Secure in Mind can reach a wide audience of English speaking, risk and security loving enthusiasts the world over.

As our world shifts, so does our awareness, commitment and action to design and build new frameworks of structural norms to achieve what we all want – enough food on the table, a roof over the head, shared positive experiences and all this in a peaceful, secure environment.

This shifting of a world must also set its sights on raising up the levels of support, respect and, from a practical day to day level, financial remuneration and protections for people in front line positions throughout the world.