Ryan Calo, Why Govern Broken Tools?, 50 J.L. Med. & Ethics 805 (2022), https://digitalcommons.law.uw.edu/faculty-articles/929
Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Digital contact tracing, COVID, Governance critique
In Assessing the Governance of Digital Contact Tracing in Response to COVID-19: Results of a Multi-National Study, Brian Hutler et al. ably compare two approaches to the governance of digital contract tracing (DCT). In this brief essay, I want to examine to what extent governance actually played a meaningful role in the failure of DCT. If DCT failed primarily for other reasons, then the authors’ normative suggestion to pursue “a new governance approach … for designing and implementing DCT technology going forward” may be misplaced.