House Financial Services Committee Task Force on AI Schedules Hearing on AI, Contract Tracing and Exposure Tracing for COVID-19

 

Tomorrow (July 8), the Task Force on Artificial Intelligence, part of the House Financial Services Committee will hold a virtual hearing entitled, “Exposure Notification and Contact Tracing: How AI Helps Localities Reopen Safely and Researchers Find a Cure.”  Open to the public, the virtual hearing is scheduled to start at 12 PM ET.

According to an email, the hearing will have the following witnesses:

  • Brian McClendon, CEO, Co-founder, CVKey Project
  • Krutika Kuppalli, M.D., Infectious Diseases Physician
  • Andre M. Perry, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute
  • Ramesh Raskar, Professor, MIT and Founder, PathCheck Foundation

According to the hearing memo, the digital exposure notification process that may be used is similar to digital contact tracing except that it requires explicit user consent for how data is used and collected, does not collect location data, and does not identify consumers to other consumers. Mentioned is the Apple/Google joint initiative to track COVID-19 infected or exposed individuals something in use in multiple European countries but only four states are expected to use the tech.

While a bit of a stretch, the hearing is being held predicated on the impact COVID-19 has had on the economy advocating a coordinated approach on contact tracing.

The hearing may be viewed live here.

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