Balancing Public Health and Privacy Concerns During a Pandemic Response
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Balancing Public Health and Privacy Concerns During a Pandemic Response

Associate Professor at KU Medical Center, and 2019 recipient of the IRC's Award for Academic Leadership, Dr. Sarah Kessler will be joined by former FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Tabman for a discussion of how governments balance public health and privacy concerns during a pandemic response. The program will take place from 6-7 p.m. CT.

When: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
6-7 p.m. CT
Where: Zoom Webinar
United States
Contact: Evan Verploegh

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The COVID-19 pandemic has already altered society in immeasurable ways. One element to this new way of life is a increase in privacy concerns stemming from the use of technology in monitoring public health. From Hong Kong's QR coded bracelets for quarantined arrivals, to Russia's facial recognition technology in major cities, certain measures have resulted in controversy in the ongoing debate over freedom and security, privacy and public health during this pandemic response.

Experts Dr. Sarah Kessler and Michael Tabman will examine how these tools are used in public health, including in the current Covid-19 response, discuss related privacy concerns, and offer insight into what the future may hold in this evolving situation. 

About the Speakers

Dr. Sarah Kessler's research combines interests in reproductive health and HIV to improve safer childbearing for people living with HIV. Dr. Kessler's active studies focus on developing, evaluating, and adapting mHealth interventions like the HIV Infant Tracking System (HITSystem) to improve early infant diagnosis (EID) of HIV, and prevent perinatal HIV transmission among pregnant women in Kenya. This multidisciplinary research team is among the first to pilot new point-of-care HIV testing strategies for HIV-exposed infants at the time of delivery, and they are actively working to adapt the web-based system to support cervical cancer screening and treatment among HIV-positive women.

Michael Tabman rose through the ranks of the FBI, reaching the level of Special Agent in Charge, commanding over 250 FBI Agents throughout three states. Over his 24 year career, Michael was involved in all types of investigations and utilized a wide array of investigative techniques, with his years on the FBI-NYPD Drug Task Force were highlighted in one of his novels.

Prior to joining the FBI, Michael was a police officer in Fairfax County, Virginia working on patrol and in plain clothes/anti-crime. He became the department's first hostage negotiator due to his ability to communicate clearly and convincingly. After retiring, Michael founded SPIRIT Asset Protection, LLC as a corporate and risk management consulting firm. 


Tickets for this event are $15 (non-members) and $10 (IRC members). In lieu of a ticket, a donation can be made to the IRC. We invite students and those experiencing financial hardship to write us, and we will provide access for free.