Call for COVID-19 smartphone app to fight the global coronavirus pandemic

This is a call to address the need of a smartphone application that empowers each individual to self-regulate their movement and allows to monitor and react on the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The privacy of each individual shall be fully guaranteed via technology.

We are in a global pandemic
and every individual is affected

We need to slow down the spread of the deadly coronavirus as quickly as possible, while minimizing its economic impact.

A mobile app is necessary to tackle this crisis

Other countries have shown that monitoring and tracking the collective movement of millions of people is effective to cope with this pandemic. We need to develop smartphone applications that enable high precision self-isolation, exposure alerts and rapid identification of those exposed to virus-infected people. These applications are our biggest chance to minimize the spread of the virus as well as the impact it has on the economy.

Data privacy is key to drive adoption –
mass surveillance must be prevented

In order to guarantee the success of these apps, the most important factor is adoption within the population: as many people as possible need to use these mobile apps. It is indispensable that people have trust in such apps and the biggest driver for that will be data privacy: privacy drives trust and trust drives adoption. Preserving data privacy is equally important to ensuring that COVID-19 apps are compliant with regulatory requirements and laws like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Technology for privacy preserving computations
on mobile devices is here

Data privacy technologies, cryptographic protocols and on-device computations enable COVID-19 mobile apps that protect the privacy of every citizen. With apheris AI, we are calling for such an app and offer our entire code-base and expertise. With this technology, we can limit the effects of this pandemic on our population and enable a transition to a normal live for every citizen.

Where apheris AI can help

Data Privacy Technology: We are a deep tech company from Berlin and are specialists for combinations of privacy preserving computations on mobile devices. We are collaborating with the world’s largest open source community for privacy preserving Artificial Intelligence (OpenMined) and have the most advanced code base for privacy preserving computations including access to an entire community that helps us push these technologies into production. We are dedicating all our technology and expertise to this cause.​

Technical Development: We have experience working with the world’s largest telecommunication and healthcare companies and can help coordinate and navigate all technical developments.

We need your help!

This is a call for action to our government, to industry and to academia – for the health and safety of our population: we need to get active and everyone can help!

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about apheris AI

We are a deep tech company from Berlin and are specialists for combinations of privacy preserving computations. Our customers include the largest pharmaceutical and telecommunication companies in the world. We have hands-on expertise in privacy preserving AI for biomedical data as well as for federated Machine Learning on mobile phone devices. Via our collaboration with OpenMined, we have the most advanced code base for privacy preserving computations including access to an entire community that helps us push these technologies into production.