I've been writing this week about the potentially incredible power of the combination of emerging public-private partnerships with advanced technology to help mitigate the impact and speed economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Especially in a U.S. context, protection of privacy and the liberties we cherish will be absolutely critical to making this emerging model a reality. This article provides an outline of how to start thinking about how we can structure those privacy protections.
This is a simple outline, but that's the best way to start. Privacy protection is very real and required, so we must start this conversation now, or we will end up giving up that privacy in the heat of the moment in a future similar event. We want to avoid that. Please use this outline to start discussions with your government about how we can still use the advanced tech - we need to do both.
Where privacy is curtailed, it’s important that all dimensions of AI ethics are considered to maintain public trust in its use over the medium to long-term. If organizations hope to ensure the public’s continued participation, they must ensure the data being willingly offered in the spirit of offering a social good is treated with the utmost responsibility.