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Governments Must Build Trust in AI to Fight COVID-19

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The coronavirus.

Artificial intelligence has become a key weapon in tracking and tracing cases during the coronavirus pandemic.

Credit: U.S. Centers for Disease Control/REUTERS

  • Artificial intelligence has been an important tool in tracking and tracing contacts during COVID-19.
  • As the crisis continues, citizens might be more willing than ever to forgo their civil liberties and data protections to fight coronavirus.
  • To maintain trust, governments must put much-needed AI governance architectures in place.

AI has become a key weapon in tracking and tracing cases during this pandemic. Deploying those technologies has sometimes meant balancing the need to conquer the virus with the conflicting need to protect individual privacy. As the initial crisis gives way to long-term policies and public health practices, governments will need to build trust in AI to ensure future protections can be deployed and maintained.

AI's surveillance superpowers are being used to help break the chains of viral transmission across the globe. Russia, for instance, maintains COVID-19 quarantines through large-scale monitoring of citizens with CCTV cameras and facial recognition.


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