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GoCoronaGo: Privacy Respecting Contact Tracing for COVID-19 Management

Simmhan, Y and Rambha, T and Khochare, A and Ramesh, S and Baranawal, A and George, JV and Bhope, RA and Namtirtha, A and Sundararajan, A and Bhargav, SS and Thakkar, N and Kiran, R (2020) GoCoronaGo: Privacy Respecting Contact Tracing for COVID-19 Management. In: Journal of the Indian Institute of Science, 100 (4). pp. 623-646.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s41745-020-00201-5


The COVID-19 pandemic is imposing enormous global challenges in managing the spread of the virus. A key pillar to mitigation is contact tracing, which complements testing and isolation. Digital apps for contact tracing using Bluetooth technology available in smartphones have gained prevalence globally. In this article, we discuss various capabilities of such digital contact tracing, and its implication on community safety and individual privacy, among others. We further describe the GoCoronaGo institutional contact tracing app that we have developed, and the conscious and sometimes contrarian design choices we have made. We offer a detailed overview of the app, backend platform and analytics, and our early experiences with deploying the app to over 1000 users within the Indian Institute of Science campus in Bangalore. We also highlight research opportunities and open challenges for digital contact tracing and analytics over temporal networks constructed from them. © 2020, Indian Institute of Science.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of the Indian Institute of Science
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to Springer
Keywords: Viruses, Bluetooth technology; Community safety; Contact tracing; Global challenges; Indian institute of science; Individual privacy; Research opportunities; Temporal networks, Privacy by design
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Computational and Data Sciences
Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Management Studies
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2021 05:20
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2021 05:20
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/67370

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