ISTS Sponsored Contact Tracing Colloquium on June 3, 2020

Contact Tracing - Cybersecurity and Privacy Implications Colloquium

June 3, 2020, 12:00 PM EDT via Zoom webinar (video recording to be available 1 July 2020)

Contact William Nisen ( for more information.

Contact Tracing – Cybersecurity and Privacy Implications

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for "contact tracing", an effort to retroactively discover and inform all the persons who had recent contact with an infected person. Traditional methods are labor-intensive and inherently limited by human memory.  Many propose to use smartphone apps to proactively record contacts, for retrospective notifications to those who may have been proximate to someone later discovered to be infected.  There are, however, inherent privacy risks posed by such technologies, and the same technologies could be abused for purposes other than public health — e.g., to identify those participating in protests or to facilitate stalking.  It is thus essential for contact-tracing technologies to be designed and deployed with the utmost care and transparency.

Dartmouth's Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) hosted leading privacy and digital contact-tracing specialists in a virtual panel discussion of the privacy risks and policy options surrounding the development and deployment of contact-tracing applications.  This session was held on June 3, 2020 and will be to the ISTS YouTube channel with information posted on the ISTS website.


Dr. George Cybenko, Dartmouth (moderator) (bio)
Dr. David Kotz, Dartmouth (bio)
Dr. Srdjan Capkun, ETH (bio)
Dr. Aarathi Prasad, Skidmore (bio)
Dr. Ramesh Raskar, MIT (bio)