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Re-opening the Nation, a Series of Hastings Conversations

What Values Should Guide Us? with Zeke Emanuel and Danielle Allen, hosted by Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon, is a discussion of the ethical issues related to easing Covid-19 pandemic restrictions in the United States. As the nation weighs when and how to re-open the economy, we will need to build a new normal that leads with key values like public health, economic well-being, and respect for civil liberties. These values are often in tension with one another, or seen to be, but they can be successfully managed with forethought and sensitivity. 


Privacy, Surveillance, and Digital Tools for Contact Tracing, with guests Ed Felten, and Ryan Calo, hosted by Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon. Testing and contact tracing are the keys to re-opening the nation safely. If done to scale, we can relax broad sheltering at home orders once the disease prevalence has diminished, and switch to using only targeted quarantine for the far smaller number of people actually exposed to known cases. Traditionally, contact tracing has been done person-to-person, but given the prevalence of Covid-19 and the size of the U.S. population, there is growing interest in the development of digital apps to supplement human-to-human contact tracing or warn people if they are exposed.  


Should We Turn to Immunity Testing? with Françoise Baylis, Dakota Gruener, and Gigi Gronvall, hosted by Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon. Some suggest using immunity certification as a path to returning to some sense of normalcy. Despite unclear science, companies are racing ahead with the creation of digital immunity tools, so we must consider the consequences now. What are the risks? Will we create a divide between the “immunity haves” and “have nots”? Is this an ethical way forward?

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