Talking the COVIDSafe app again on ABC Adelaide

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The back end of the Australian government’s COVIDSafe COVID-19 contact tracing app went live today, so where are we up to? That was the core of the ABC Adelaide spot with Jules Schiller earlier this evening.

This afternoon the Deputy Chief Medical Officer confirmed that the back end is live, though I’m not yet convinced about his claim that the states have had their training in how to use the data. The relevant legislation is still being debated in the Senate.

Still, there was a lot to talk about, including what I wrote about on Monday, Australia’s wobbly start to COVIDSafe app transparency.

We were joined by Professor Robert Slonim from the University of Sydney, whose work focuses on behavioural economic and altruism.

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