Scottish Working Group on Covid-19 Apps

  • Pagliari, C. (Advisor)
  • Bill Buchanan (Advisor)
  • J. Pell (Advisor)
  • Muhammad Imran (Advisor)

Activity: Consultancy typesProviding oral or written evidence for non-academic board, committee, working group or advisory panel


Expert working group commissioned by the Digital Health and Care Institute to examine options for contact tracing and participatory disease surveillance apps in Covid-19. Four senior academics from Scottish universities examined what might be considered the optimum or desirable features of such apps - from the perspectives of public health practice and research, software privacy architectures, device and communications security and digital ethics.
The working group produced a report that was circulated to key divisional leads in Scottish Government in late May. Initially produced as a closed document, the report has since been published by the Digital Health Institute as an Open Access paper, titled "Use of Participatory Apps in Contact Tracing: Options and Implications for Public Health, Privacy and Trust" (see links).
PeriodApr 2020May 2020
Work forDigital Health and Care Institute , United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Digital Health
  • Public Health
  • Covid-19
  • mHealth
  • apps
  • Innovation
  • Digital ethics
  • software engineering
  • security