Witness Webinar: Can Governments Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Still Respect Personal Privacy?

Date & Time

Monday, 4 May 2020 - 8:30am




Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies



The objective of this Witness Webinar is to bring together experts on ethical, legal, and social implications of public health technologies to 1) explore the challenges, risks, and benefits of deploying novel technologies in the response to COVID-19, 2) open a dialogue with public health officials and the public about the challenges, risks and benefits, and 3) use the exploration and dialogue to write a public policy paper that lays out the challenges, risks and benefits, and framework that can be used in public policy decision-making and technology design.

Developed in the 1990s, witness seminars began as a novel approach to oral history and evolved into a gathering of numerous participants who are recorded simultaneously and able to interact with each other and with the seminar convenor. Witness Seminars produce group discussions on topics of special interest and make collective oral history materials available for widespread use.

For this witness seminar, academics, healthcare practitioners, policy-makers, and members of civil society organizations will meet online using the UBC Zoom platform. Joining instructions will be sent out one day in advance of the seminar together with the final program and a list of all the attendees. Participants unable to meet synchronously are invited to prepare a 5 minute video clip presenting a perspective on the key question, i.e., Can Governments Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Still Respect Personal Privacy? Participants will also be able to submit questions or comments via Twitter using the hashtag #COVIDWitness.

Those interested in participating should register by sending their name, email address, and organizational affiliation (if any) to info@blockchainubc.ca

For more information please visit: https://pwias.ubc.ca/event/witness-webinar-can-governments-respond-the-covid-19-pandemic-and-still-respect-personal?_ga=2.233475613.26430252.1588019403-1371997435.1588019403