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How Digital Contact Tracing Slowed Covid-19 in East Asia (April 15, 2020)

An article that looks into the effectiveness of contact tracing technology in East Asian countries. It discusses the adoption limitations of this technology in Western democracies as they have different expectations with regard to privacy and civil liberties.

ABC: Coronavirus lockdowns could end in months if Australians are willing to have their movements monitored (April 14, 2020)

An article that highlights how the Australian government is developing a mobile application similar to TraceTogether to help with contact tracing in Australia.

Singapore's COVID-19 contact tracing tech TraceTogether catches Jacinda Ardern's eye to fight coronavirus (April 9, 2020)

An article citing New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern's interest in adapting TraceTogether, which will be a subject of a phone call with Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong. Ardern is quoted emphasising the importance of having people working on contact tracing, to complement such apps.

Financial Times: US and Europe race to develop ‘contact tracing’ apps (April 3, 2020)

An article describing the efforts of various countries to build apps similar to TraceTogether. It also highlights the privacy concerns of such an app and discusses the benefits and drawbacks of using GPS tracking instead of Bluetooth.

The Straits Times: About 1 million people have downloaded TraceTogether app, but more need to do so for it to be effective: Lawrence Wong (April 1, 2020)

An article explaining the need for widespread adoption of TraceTogether in order for it to be more effective in supporting contact tracing.

The Straits Times Forum: Decision taken not to electronically tag people (March 31, 2020)

An explanation on why TraceTogether will not be used to track people serving stay-home notices and leave of absences.

The New York Times: Germany Aims to Launch Singapore-Style Coronavirus App in Weeks (March 30, 2020)

An article that outlines Germany’s plans to emulate TraceTogether through an app that also performs decentralised encounter logging with short-lived identifiers and calibrated distance estimates, as it becomes increasingly clear that contact tracing is important to combat the spread of the virus.

The Straits Times: A guide to Singapore's Covid-19 contact-tracing system (March 28, 2020)

A video that explains Singapore’s contact tracing system. It highlights that TraceTogether will only complement current contact tracing efforts, and is not a silver bullet or a replacement for a team of contact tracers working with a public health authority.

Gov.sg: Help speed up contact tracing with TraceTogether (March 21, 2020)

An article that explains how TraceTogether supplements the Singapore Ministry of Health's current contact tracing system. It is highly unlikely that we are able to remember every person we came into contact with for the last 14 days, especially if these people are strangers, like the person we sat next to on the train, or the waiter that served our food. In these cases, the app will facilitate the contact tracing process, enabling contact tracers to better identify those who were close contacts of COVID-19 cases. A press conference by SMS Janil Puthucheary further elaborates on this.

The New York Times: Singapore Launches Contact Tracing Mobile App to Track Coronavirus Infections (March 20, 2020)

An article that explains how TraceTogether works.

BBC: The detectives racing to contain the virus in Singapore (March 19, 2020)

An article that explains Singapore’s contact tracing efforts with real examples. It also explains why contact tracing is a necessary tool in flattening the curve.

Academic Papers

Quantifying SARS-CoV-2 transmission suggests epidemic control with digital contact tracing (March 31, 2020)

A research article which advocates for greater use of contact tracing apps to detect and isolate coronavirus cases, given evidence of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission.

Contact Tracing Mobile Apps for COVID-19: Privacy Considerations and Related Trade-offs (March 30, 2020)

An academic paper that discusses various privacy models underpinning contact tracing apps. It also highlights the unique sociopolitical context in Singapore that has resulted in broad acceptance by its citizens.

Proximity: a recipe to break the outbreak (March 23, 2020)

An academic paper that talks about a proposed smartphone application similar to TraceTogether. It acknowledges that such an app is vital to contain an outbreak and Bluetooth is the most suitable technology.