Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response: Ethics and Governance Guidance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kathryn Marguy

(410) 516-4162  KRM@press.jhu.edu

 

In record time, experts across Johns Hopkins University team up to publish Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response: Ethics and Governance Guidance.

 

edited by Jeffrey P. Kahn and Johns Hopkins Project on Ethics and Governance of Digital Contact Tracing Technologies

 

Johns Hopkins University Press was pleased to be invited to partner with the Berman Institute of Bioethics in collaboration with the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins to publish in record time, Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response: Ethics and Governance Guidance. The project, led by Dr. Jeffrey P. Kahn, is a comprehensive report to help government, technology developers, business, institutional leaders, and the public make responsible decisions around use of digital contact tracing technology (DCTT), including smartphone apps and other tools, to fight COVID-19.

 

In the midst of the urgency cast by COVID-19, innovators worldwide are racing to develop and implement novel public-facing technology solutions to assist in contact tracing.  With these new ideas for technology solutions comes the need to balance public values such as respecting civil liberties and controlling the pandemic. 

 

The report’s primary conclusions and recommendations advise that privacy should not outweigh public health goals and other values; that big technology companies should not unilaterally set terms when such broad public interests are at stake; and that decisions about the technology and its uses will have to be constantly updated as new information becomes available.

 

Both the writing and publishing teams worked on a compressed timetable to provide critical and evidence-based advice to decision makers doing the important work of contact tracing.  The publishing process, which traditionally takes months, was boiled down to mere days. Thanks to the dedicated work of Dr. Kahn’s team, JHUP’s team of publishers, and Project MUSE technologists, Hopkins has produced what is the essential resource for this fast-moving issue.

 

The book is available to read for free digitally on Project MUSE. Physical copies are available on JHUP’s website and wherever books are sold.

 

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Johns Hopkins Project on Ethics and Governance of Digital Contact Tracing Technologies is a rapid research and expert consensus group effort led by the Berman Institute of Bioethics in collaboration with the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University. It draws on experts from both inside and outside Johns Hopkins in bioethics, health security, public health, technology development, engineering, public policy, and law. Jeffrey P. Kahn, PhD, MPH, is the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. He is also the Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy there, as well as a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research interests include the ethics of research, ethics and public health, and ethics and emerging biomedical technologies. He speaks widely both in the United States and abroad, and has published four books and over 125 articles in the academic literature. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the Hastings Center, and he has chaired or served on committees and panels for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), where he is currently the chair of the Board on Health Sciences Policy and a member of the NAM Council. His education includes a BA in microbiology (University of California–Los Angeles, 1983), an MPH (Johns Hopkins University, 1988), and a PhD in philosophy (Georgetown University, 1989).

 

DIGITAL CONTACT TRACING FOR PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Ethics and Governance Guidance

edited by Jeffrey P. Kahn and Johns Hopkins Project on Ethics and Governance of Digital Contact Tracing Technologies

 

160 Pages 6 x 9

978-1-4214-4061-3 paperback, $12.95

978-1-4214-4063-7 open-access ebook on Project MUSE

Publication date: 29 May 2020