Contact Tracing Applications and Contact Tracing Technologies (CTA/CTT) stand to benefit from broader adoption through greater ethical transparency, accountability, and privacy.
Demonstrated through the ECPAIS CTA/CTT use case, and in an effort to operationalize the sometimes ambiguous concept of “ethics” so that it can inform CTA/CTT systems throughout their life cycles, IEEE SA convened a multidisciplinary team of experts that has identified and contextually defined three key dimensions pertinent to ethical verification of CTA/CTT ecosystems comprising:
Transparency: Full disclosure, and comprehensibility to a person of traditional education and experience, of inputs, process, outputs, and outcomes of activities in the ecosystem of CTA/CTT
Accountability: Holding organizations and people behind entities in the integrated system of CTA/CTT to fulfil ethical obligations (as set forth in these criteria) for their roles and decisions that impact the inputs, process, outputs, and outcomes.
Privacy: The private sphere of life and public identity of an entity (individual, group, community), upholding their dignity.
We Welcome Your Expertise and Feedback
This use case exhibits an initial set of the ECPAIS criteria applied to CTA/CTT. Realizing that the use case and, consequently the criteria by proxy, may be improved with input from a larger set of experts spanning wide and relevant domains, we are asking for your views and input. From legal, medical, ethical, technical, psychological, societal, governance, to cybersecurity – and beyond, all perspectives are welcome.
Your feedback will be taken into consideration in the next update to the CTA/CTT ethics verification criteria use case. These criteria will help set the foundation for future ethics certification programs that testing agencies, implementers, and committed ecosystem stakeholders may seek to apply.