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Fighting Covid-19 with smartphones?

Fighting Covid-19 with smartphones?

Written by Michael Gizicki-Neundlinger | Reviewed by Simon Ladinik

Created on: 27 Mar 2020 | Updated on: 31 Mar 2020

News category: "News on Living Innovation"

Helmut Spudich on risk and remedies of using personal data to combat Covid-19

Our guest in this weeks' Responsible Innovation Story, Helmut Spudich, is the perfect interview partner to talk about the intersection of telecommunication and privacy:

  • He was Vice President of Corporate Communications and Responsibility of T-Mobile Austria, one of the largest telecommunications provider in the country.
  • He worked for many years as a journalist of innovation and economics for one of the biggest Austrian newspapers.
  • He just authored a book on the challenges of using smartphone data for governmental or public purposes.

For Spudich, the telecom sector has an important role to play in combating Covid-19. Location data from telecom networks could provide a useful starting-point for contact tracking – if different providers worked together closely and if legal regulations for large-scale location tracking are clarified.

“Telecommunication networks are built on resilience. Surviving difficult situations is part of their DNA.”


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Click on the time stamps to watch the respective topics:

00:00 Covid-19 situation in Austria

02:44 Challenges for the telecommunication infrastructure

06:41 Risks and remedies of using personal data to combat Covid-19

09:48 The ambivalent role of big data, search engines and facial recognition

13:53 Success factors of trustworthy crisis communication

15:50 Resilience as the new motto for Responsible Digitization

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