SAPHIRe interactive workshop on contact tracing

Contact tracing is an important tool to control infectious diseases, and digital contact tracing, using mobile apps, could be an effective method in the fight against COVID-19 spreading. During and after the first COVID-19 wave, many governments and regional authorities are rolling out their contact tracing apps.

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09 oktober 2020: 10u00 - 12u00

Ongoing discussion includes the uptake and adherence, accuracy, workability and privacy concerns of the COVID-19 contact tracing apps. How and by whom will these apps be used? How can regions ensure optimal prevention of COVID-19 spreading while safeguarding its citizens’ privacy? To gain a better understanding of the different approaches of COVID-19 apps, SAPHIRe[1] will host an online interactive workshop.

The topics discussed will include:

  • Regional examples
  • Privacy and security of contact tracing apps
  • Public perception on the use of contact tracing apps

Confirmed speakers:

Bart Preneel, department head of Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC), KULeuven, Flanders, Belgium and involved in the development of the Decentralized Privacy- Preserving Proximity Tracing (DP-3T) protocol.

Cathy Berx, governor of the province of Antwerp. She took additional local measures in the province of Antwerp to further limit the spread of the SARS-CoV2 virus.

Paolo de Rosa, Chief technology officer, Department for Digital Transformation, ministry for technological innovation and digitization, Italy and involved in the implementation of the Immuni app.

[1] SAPHIRe, which stands for Securing the Adoption of Personalised Health in Regions, is a three-year project (2019-2021) funded by the European Commission (DG Research & Innovation) under the Horizon 2020 programme. It is managed by a consortium consisting of the department of Economy, Science and Innovation of the Flemish Government, the Public Health Agency of Northern Ireland, EIT Health/InnoStars and EuroBioForum Foundation (see

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