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COVID Safe Paths: Slow the spread without giving up privacy

Safe Paths is a community-led movement to develop free, open-source, privacy-by-design tools for individuals, public health officials, and larger communities to flatten the curve of COVID-19, reduce fear, and prevent a surveillance-state response to the pandemic.

Alex Pentland, a computer scientist at MIT – along with a team of epidemiologists, engineers, data scientists, digital privacy evangelists, professors and researchers – is helping lead research efforts and software development for this voluntary smartphone app.