Vaccine Passports, COVID Surveillance, and Social Justice

March 24th, 2021 | 11:00am – 12:15pm EDT | Register
Sponsored by ETHIC Georgia Tech Ethics, Technology, and Human Interaction Center

Invited Panelists

Effy Vayena
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zürich) Joseph A
Joseph Ali
Johns Hopkins University


Justin Biddle (GT Public Policy) and Nassim Parvin (GT LMC )


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to transformations in technologies for public health surveillance. These include the emergence of vaccine passports, which certify vaccination status and structure access to societal goods, and digital tools for tracking individuals who test positive for the virus or come in contact with someone who tests positive. Many discussions of the ethics of surveillance technologies focus on privacy issues — which are, indeed, important. However, public health surveillance tools raise a host of additional ethical and social justice issues including disparity in access to services, racial and economic discrimination, global inequality, governance and accountability, and individual and collective autonomy. This panel will explore these issues.