COVID-19: the ethical issues of digital tracing according to Lyse Langlois, in the magazine Québec Science
In the July-August edition of the Quebec Science magazine, our member Lyse Langlois offers an interview focusing on the COVID-19 committee that she is leading within the Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology (OBVIA) as well as the ethical issues of digital tracing.
“Around the world, countries are taking major technological steps in the hope of stopping the pandemic. Digital tracking raises many social, ethical and legal questions.
It’s not just the Quebec trio of François Legault, Horacio Arruda and Danielle McCann who have been meeting on a regular basis throughout the COVID-19 health crisis. Every Friday since the beginning of April, without exception, fifteen researchers from universities in Quebec and Ontario have met virtually to assess the effects of technologies in the fight against the new coronavirus. The ambitious mandate of this committee: to monitor the devices used around the world to identify cases of contamination, trace the movements of infected people and ensure compliance with containment measures while reflecting on the issues raised by digital tracking.
Lyse Langlois, scientific director of the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technology (OBVIA), headed this special committee funded by Quebec Research Funds.”
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