Google, Apple Struggle to Regulate Covid-19 Tracing Apps

June 20, 2020. Quentin Palfrey led research study of more than 100 apps  in the Google app store via the International Digital Accountability Council, of which he is president.

“We’ve seen bad privacy practices,” Palfrey said. “The fact that we have not yet observed those bad privacy practices translating into demonstrable ongoing harm doesn’t mean that the harm isn’t happening or might not be happening in the future.”

Read more in The Wall Street Journal


New Leadership for Global Health

May 18, 2020. BKC’s Ashveena Gajeelee, with Claire Chaumont and Jeff Glenn, explains how the Adaptive Leadership Framework can help the international health community.

The Adaptive Leadership Framework (ALF) is “a tool developed and widely used to address a diverse range of persistent social problems, can help catalyze progress in global health. It offers a nontraditional conceptualization of leadership that will help the global health community to better characterize the challenges it faces and to craft solutions to address them.”

Read more from the Stanford Social Innovation Review


A User-Focused Transdisciplinary Research Agenda for AI-Enabled Health Tech Governance

GAiA as a member of the AI-Health Working Group out of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, and the AI Ethics Lab co-authored a working paper which sets forth a research agenda for stakeholders to proactively collaborate and design AI technologies that work with users to improve their health and wellbeing.


Dispelling myths about drug procurement policy

In a recent Lancet article (June 2018), GAiA collaborators, C.Ramirez and L.Parvin join M.V Valen and D. Jamieson to comment on the procurement of health commodities and the factors which influence the Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM). ‘The PFSCM has been providing procurement services to the US Government, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and other public-sector clients worldwide, supplying over 5 billion US$ in health commodities.’ Read more.



Expanding Access to Medicines and Promoting Innovation: A Practical Approach”, Quentin A. Palfrey, Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy, Volume XXIV, Issue 2. Winter 2017.




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