A staff member from Singapore’s Government Technology Agency demonstrates the TraceTogether contact-tracing app. Photo: AFP A staff member from Singapore’s Government Technology Agency demonstrates the TraceTogether contact-tracing app. Photo: AFP
A staff member from Singapore’s Government Technology Agency demonstrates the TraceTogether contact-tracing app. Photo: AFP
Hallam Stevens
Opinion

Opinion

Hallam Stevens

Does the take-up of Singapore’s TraceTogether really show increased trust in the government?

  • Using the app or token was about entering into the government’s proffered bargain, as its messaging was that restrictions would be lifted only after its 70 per cent target was hit
  • More data is required to assess TraceTogether’s effectiveness, and before it can be held up as a model to be used elsewhere, writes Hallam Stevens

A staff member from Singapore’s Government Technology Agency demonstrates the TraceTogether contact-tracing app. Photo: AFP A staff member from Singapore’s Government Technology Agency demonstrates the TraceTogether contact-tracing app. Photo: AFP
A staff member from Singapore’s Government Technology Agency demonstrates the TraceTogether contact-tracing app. Photo: AFP
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Hallam Stevens

Hallam Stevens

Hallam Stevens is an associate professor of history at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). He writes about the history of technology and the life sciences, and is the author of Life out of Sequence: A Data-driven History of Bioinformatics (2013) and Biotechnology and Society: an introduction (2016).