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Special Issue on Security and Data Protection during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Hernández Ramos, José Luis and Nurse, Jason R. C. and Bellavista, Paolo and Kambourakis, Georgios and Charalampos, Patrikakis, eds. (2023) Special Issue on Security and Data Protection during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond. IEEE IT Professional, . (In press) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:98228)

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Abstract

The severe health, economic, and social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have significantly impacted our daily lives. The evolution of the pandemic, also in view of the recent variants, including Delta and Omicron, may increase the duration and impact of such effects in the coming years. In this context, one of the lessons learned from the current pandemic is our dependence on technology, but also the perception that technological advances are essential to face emerging challenges of virtually any type. Indeed, since the emergence of COVID-19, technology has played a fundamental role in dealing with the pandemic from different perspectives. Initially, the deployment of digital contact tracing frameworks around the world was aimed at promptly detecting people who were in contact with infected individuals to curb the spread of the virus. Then, with the deployment of vaccines, interest in digital COVID certificates for vaccinations, immunity, and testing has led to the development of diverse proposals, such as EUDCC, that are now widely used to allow people to move freely and resume daily activities. Other digital tools based on the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning technologies have been considered to monitor the status of infected individuals as well as to identify outbreaks in certain geographic areas. In addition, the use of blockchain technologies has been proposed for the validation of digital COVID certificates, as well as to facilitate the supply chain of vaccines and medical supplies. However, all these efforts pose new security and data protection challenges that need to be addressed, considering not only technical aspects, but also social, legal, and ethical ones. In fact, the management of the pandemic requires global effort based on tight collaboration between institutions, while protecting the rights of citizens through adequate cybersecurity and data protection measures.

Item Type: Edited Journal
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
University-wide institutes > Institute of Cyber Security for Society
Depositing User: Jason Nurse
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2022 10:06 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2022 12:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/98228 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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