Ideas in Conflict: How COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps Can Exacerbate Violent Conflicts

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps, while intended to be lifesaving, also have a potentially dark side. in high vulnerability contexts, these tech tools pose a number of serious risks to human security, yet also have the potential to enhance human security in the face of the threat of health, social and economic disruption. The challenge is to put in place guidance and methodologies that guard against unintended use of technology while also directing its positive potential. A human security approach to technology seeks to broaden the horizon of potential harms by considering the comprehensive and interrelated nature of threats to people from the increased use of technology.

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