COVIDSafe Briefing Document


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.

‘Stay Home’ and Work? Implications of COVID-19 and the UK Governmental Response for Self-Employed Women


Co-wrote this blog post last week with my colleagues at the Gender and Enterprise Collective. Many self-employed women, especially founders of new businesses, won’t benefit from COVID-19 government support.

ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network

The Gender and Enterprise Collective* (Haya Al-Dajani, Angela M. Dy, Carol Ekinsmyth, Sally Jones, Lorna Treanor, Julia Rouse, Natalia Vershinina)

Given last week’s government announcement of the stimulus bill meant to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the UK economy, it is important to recognise the implications for women broadly, and self-employed women more specifically. Such bills are notoriously gender blind, thus discounting the impact on the extent to which self-employed women are at most risk from the CV pandemic crisis. Further, self-employment is far from homogenous, so a blanket approach to support is insufficient. The self-employed contribute around a third of UK employment growth in the past decade; women-driven part-time self-employment has comprised most of this increase. Statistically, 34% of UK business owners are women; of these, 33% are sole-traders, 40% are in partnership businesses and 28% company-owners. There were 5.8 million registered small…

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