In an epidemic, can we balance personal privacy and public safety?
- There are now 1.4 billion mobile devices in use in China, which means a lot of data that can be used to manage an infectious disease outbreak. Around the world, the use of big data is also becoming common in crisis relief, but fears about misuse remain
Dr Winnie Tang JP is an adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. She is a pioneer in bringing the geographic information system technology to Hong Kong. Over the years, she has been actively advocating the use of technology in e-health, environmental conservation and education. She also founded the Smart City Consortium and Esri China (Hong Kong) Limited.