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Using Human Mobility Data to Inform Pandemic Response Theory and Practice

This 90-minute panel will examine the application of mobility data in monitoring the spread of the pandemic and informing containment …

CrisisReady Inaugural Panel - Data, Equity, and Wildfires: California 2020

CrisisReady is pleased to announce its inaugural panel on Data, Equity, and Wildfires in California. The power shutoffs and evacuations …

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OpenDP: open-source software tools for privacy-protective statistical analysis of sensitive personal data.

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of developing analytical pipelines that leverage data streams generated by individuals and communities to drive data-driven responses to crises. As these data increasingly exchange hands within agencies and are shared publicly for broader research, Salil Vadhan from Harvard SEAS and Navin Vembar from Camber Systems discuss the inadequacy of traditional methods for the protection of sensitive personal data.

National Shelter System Data: Opportunities, Challenges, and Applications to COVID-19

In the United States, the vast majority of shelters are operated by agencies like the American Red Cross, other not-for-profit organizations, or directly by the county government. During disasters, the sudden demand for services at these shelters contributes to challenges in resource allocation and complicates the logistics of keeping people safe during mass gatherings.

Mobility Data and the Limits of Data Protection Frameworks

The near real-time information about human movement provided by aggregated population mobility data has tremendous potential to help refine interventions when appropriate legal, organizational, and computational safeguards are in place. As the private sector, policymakers, and academia work together to leverage novel sources of data to track the spread of the pandemic, Randall Harp, Laurent Hébert-Dufresne, and Juniper Lovato from the University of Vermont argue that anonymization at the individual level is insufficient– the notion of privacy should extend to communities as well.

Government Access to Mobile Phone Data for Contact Tracing- The Brennan Center for Justice

The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that conducts rigorous research to identify problems and provide in-depth empirical findings and compelling analyses of pressing legal and policy issues.

Digital Mobility Data, Physical Distancing, and COVID-19 in Syracuse

Syracuse is a modest sized city of just over 140,000 people in upstate New York. It sits within the heart of the Finger Lakes region, not far from Lake Ontario. Although far from the worst hit areas of New York state by COVID-19, Syracuse saw alarming increases in cases and deaths during the initial wave of the pandemic.