Contact Tracing App: Data Taking Control Over COVID-19

Experts have thrown around their opinions regarding technology-centred handshake mechanisms as the weapon to combat the COVID-19. This approach requires mass, voluntary, adoption by the 3 billion smartphone users. The memories of famous cyber-attacks and data breaches through fully automated digital solutions cause anxiety amongst the public. Whose views should we trust? The simple answer is ourselves – each person should understand the risks and make an informed decision.

Join Associate Professor Muthukkumarasamy, Muthu, as he examines how contact tracing Apps operate, the personal data they collect, and how it is used. In particular, he unpacks the COVIDSafe App and evaluates what controls users have and the privacy trade-offs. Muthu also compares the Australian App with other solutions around the world, and scrutinise the balance as a tool to rebuild the economy whilst keeping the population as safe as possible.

Associate Professor Vallipuram Muthukkumarasamy

Muthu obtained B.Sc. Eng. with 1st Class Hons. from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and obtained a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He has pioneered Network Security teaching in the School of Information and Communication Technology and leads the Networking & Security Research Group at the Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems.

Muthu has been successful in attracting national and international funding for his inter-disciplinary research activities. He has published over 150 articles in international journals and conferences.

He successfully proposed and led the development of the first Master of Cyber Security Program in Queensland. Muthu is a well respected among students and has received a number of teaching awards. He is a Member of the Council, Griffith University and is also actively involved in community and charity activities. 

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