Upcoming PSCE Webinar: Crisis Management, Surveillance, and Digital Ethics in the COVID-19 Era

After the great success of our first webinar, PSCE is pleased to announce the second webinar “Crisis Management, Surveillance and Digital Ethics in the COVID-19 Era! This virtual event, co-organised with the Lancaster University, will occur on June 23th at 11h CEST (Brussels time) and it will feature speakers from the Lancaster University, Free University of Amsterdam, Imperial College of London, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

COVID-19 has accelerated implementation of digital technologies to support containment of the pandemic. It is in the public interest to allow emergency exceptions for data collection and processing. However, this should not be at the cost of individual freedoms and civil liberties that underpin the functioning of democracy. And, to become effective, many of the technologies require public trust and the trust of emergency practitioners. This webinar explores how to support innovation that is ambitious and sensitive with a view to digital ethics.

Furthermore, this webinar builds up on a call for contributions published on the Journal of Crisis and Contingency Management, which is open until the 3rd of July. As such, we encourage all interested parties to submit their thoughts and ideas while contributing to a pertinent and timely discussion. You can read the call for contributions here.


11.00: Welcome by PSCE

11.05: Context and Motivation — Kees BOERSMA, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

11.15State of the Art — Monika BUSCHER, Lancaster University, UK

11.25: How to safeguard autonomy and why it matters — Rafael A. CALVO, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London, London, UK

11.45Ethically conscious use of data and apps for pandemic response — Marcello IENCA and James SCHEIBNER, Health Ethics and Policy Lab, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zürich

Q&A (10 min)  

The WEBINAR is free of charge and will take place on WEBEX. You will be provided with the link once you register.


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