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May 5, 2020

Blockchain@UBC and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies are hosting a Witness Seminar on May 5th, 2020. Dr. Victoria Lemieux will be hosting a Witness Seminar on the topic, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place?: Can Governments Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Still Respect Personal Privacy?"
Witness seminars were developed in the 1990s by The History of Twentieth Century Medicine Group of the Wellcome Trust to enable numerous participants, who are recorded simultaneously and able to interact with each other and with the seminar convenor, to discuss topics of special interest and make collective oral history materials available for widespread use. Recognizing that COVID-19 is an phenomenom of historic importance that has raised many challenging issues, this Witness Seminar will tackle perceived tensions between public health and protection of personal privacy.

For this witness seminar, academics, healthcare practitioners, policy-makers, and members of civil society organizations will meet online using the UBC Zoom platform. Joining instructions will be sent out one day in advance of the seminar together with the final program and a list of all the attendees. Participants unable to meet synchronously are invited to prepare a 5 minute video clip presenting a perspective on the key question, i.e., Can Governments Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Still Respect Personal Privacy?

Please visit our webpage for more information, those who are interested can register by sending their name, email address, and organizational affiliation (if any) to