The Australian government is encouraging Australians to download Covidsafe, the newly launched COVID-19 tracing app. The app, based on source code from Singapore’s TraceTogether, logs Bluetooth connections between activated devices within 1.5 metres of each other for 15 minutes, with the aim of notifying us within a 21 day window if we’ve been in proximity to an app user who has tested positive.
Before we embrace this app (at the time of writing, 1 million Australians have already downloaded it within the first 24 hours of launching) we must consider the consequences for individuals as well as society as a whole. This briefing note is intended to offer some critical food for thought and questions to ask yourself before you download and use this technology.
I’ve published my first paper as a solo author! It is in the journal Futures, in a special issue on Digital Entrepreneurship.
The abstract is as follows:
This conceptual paper critically analyses whether digital technologies have the potential to level the entrepreneurial playing field, and presents a more comprehensive and nuanced view of an increasingly significant yet underexplored phenomenon. Drawing upon three broad theoretical lenses: neoclassical economic entrepreneurship theory, cyberfeminist theories of technology and social embeddedness approaches to entrepreneurship, it critiques popular assumptions about digital entrepreneurship as an equalising force. It develops a novel critical-social perspective on digital entrepreneurship and an innovative typology of the landscape. Such an approach highlights a range of digital entrepreneurial activity and actors excluded from mainstream view, theorises the impact of technological requirements and socially distributed resources, and concludes that optimistic promises of success have been, and are likely to continue to be, realized primarily by those already in the top rungs of the social ladder.
Happy to be contacted to discuss.