Blockchain and Contact Tracing Applications for COVID-19: The Opportunity and the Challenges

Mohamad Kassab, Giuseppe Destefanis

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Abstract

Contact tracing mobile applications have been emerging as potentially automating surveillance technology to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) by tracking individuals and those they come into exposure with. The avalanche of these apps left the software security researchers' with concerns about vulnerabilities in hastily written software. On the other hand, the COVID-19 pandemic has motivated the recent interest of leveraging blockchain for healthcare-related scenarios, including proposing and developing blockchain-based contact tracing apps. Utilizing the cryptographic concepts of blockchain to secure the collected data could help in winning the level of public engagement required to fight the spread of COVID-19. But will blockchain be a panacea to all the challenges accompanying these apps? Motivated by answering this question and following a twofold process, this paper: (i) explores the current landscape of contact tracing mobile apps, (ii) examines how blockchain technology can contribute positively to this landscape, and (iii) reports on the technical and social challenges that still accompany the deployment of blockchain-based contact tracing apps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering, SANER 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages723-730
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728196305
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021
Event28th IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering, SANER 2021 - Virtual, Honolulu, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2021Mar 12 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2021 IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering, SANER 2021

Conference

Conference28th IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering, SANER 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Honolulu
Period3/9/213/12/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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