Austrian Government Funds Development of Blockchain-Based COVID-19 App

The Austrian government is taking a considered approach to COVID-19 tech solutions after an initial rush to get some kind of contact tracing app out the door. The nation’s second wave of projects now includes blockchain. Announced Wednesday, the country’s Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs awarded a €60,000 ($67,600) grant to a project […]

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Minnesota Official Alarms Privacy Advocates With Contact Tracing Comments

At a press conference Sunday Minnesota Department of Public Safety commissioner John Harrington compared the methods police were using to identify protestors to those used to track COVID-19 cases.  We’ve “begun analyzing the data of who we have arrested, and begun, actually, doing what you would think as almost pretty similar to our COVID. It’s contact […]

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European Contact Tracing Consortium Faces Wave of Defections

European researchers are raising alarms over the direction of contact tracing in the European Union (EU), amid concerns that countries like France and Germany could choose a centralized system that puts personal privacy at risk.  The group of academics, organizations, and companies helping develop the underlying technology for a number of EU nations, known as […]

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