Digital Surveillance / Dmitry Epstein


Wed, 13/01/2021 - 15:00 to 16:30


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Beyond the unprecedented public health challenge, the COVID-19 pandemic has also tested the role of information technologies in contemporary societies. From contact tracing to working from home, from remote education to telemedicine, to online shopping, individuals and societies had to rethink their relationship with information technologies. Particularly important are the questions of balancing individual privacy with the socio-economic necessities or public good. Where do individuals draw a line between their privacy and the need to curb the infection rate? How much of their individual information are they willing to disclose for a chance of going back to "normal"? How do institutional trust and privacy attitudes translate into agreement for self or state surveillance? In an attempt to address these and additional questions, this talk will report on preliminary results of data collection efforts about surveillance and privacy during COVID-19 in Israel. The data were collected during the summer months of 2020 by a team of researchers from the Federmann Cyber Security Center.