Global Deployment Mappings and Challenges of Contact-tracing Apps for COVID-19

7 Pages Posted: 26 May 2020

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Jinfeng LI

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London

Xinyi Guo

Department of Digital Humanities

Date Written: May 24, 2020

Abstract

To address the massive spike in uncertainties triggered by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), there is an ever-increasing number of national governments that are rolling out contact-tracing Apps to aid the containment of the virus. The first hugely contentious issue facing the Apps is the deployment framework, i.e. centralised or decentralised. Based on this, the debate branches out to the corresponding technologies that underpin these architectures, i.e. GPS, QR codes, and Bluetooth. This work conducts a pioneering review of the above scenarios and contributes a geolocation mapping of the current deployment. The Apps’ vulnerabilities and the directions of research are identified, with a special focus on the Bluetooth-inspired decentralised paradigm.

Keywords: application security, contact tracing app, coronavirus, COVID-19, decentralised, health informatics, mHealth

Suggested Citation

LI, Jinfeng and Guo, Xinyi, Global Deployment Mappings and Challenges of Contact-tracing Apps for COVID-19 (May 24, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3609516 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3609516

Jinfeng LI (Contact Author)

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/jinfeng.li

Xinyi Guo

Department of Digital Humanities ( email )

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London, England WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

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