Data–driven Responses to COVID–19: opportunities and limitations

Hosted by LSE's public event series - COVID-19: The Policy Response

Online public event


Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan

Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan

Dr Orla Lynskey

Dr Orla Lynskey

Dr Alison Powell

Dr Alison Powell

Dr Edgar Whitley

Dr Edgar Whitley


Dr Susan Scott

Dr Susan Scott

With many activities moving online, there is growing pressure to implement a range of data–driven responses as “obvious” solutions to various COVID–19 concerns. These range from contact tracing to address the spread of the disease, through the use of AI in the dashboards that allocate health resources to identifying and supporting vulnerable individuals. This panel will review the opportunities and limitations of data–driven responses to COVID–19 from a legal, societal and technical perspective, highlighting the risks of exclusion and discrimination that can arise.

Seeta Peña Gangadharan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She researches data and discrimination and will discuss what data–driven responses all too often leave out including institutional capacity issues and precariously positioned members of society.

Orla Lynskey (@lynskeyo) is an Associate Professor and joined LSE Law in September 2012. Orla conducts research in the fields of technology regulation and digital rights, with her primary focus being on EU data protection and privacy law. She will focus on the safeguards offered by data protection and human rights law for the use of data in pandemics and assess the potential and possible limitations of these safeguards.

Alison Powell is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She leads the JUST AI initiative in conjunction with the Ada Lovelace Institute and the AHRC. She will reflect on how AI that is ethical, works for the common good and is effectively governed and regulated can operate to address Covid–19 responses, and how issues of vulnerability, solidarity and risk have been reshaped through this crisis.

Edgar Whitley is Associate Professor (Reader) of Information Systems at LSE and is a data governance expert and will speak to the challenges of identifying and supporting vulnerable individuals through data sharing in government.

Susan Scott is Associate Professor (Reader) of Information Systems in the Department of Management.

This event is part of LSE's public event series - COVID-19: The Policy Response.

COVID-19 represents an enormous challenge for the social sciences to help governments and non-governmental organisations respond to the economic and societal consequences of the pandemic. Part of LSE's response to this challenge is a series of online public events that will take place over the Summer Term.

Why not visit the School of Public Policy COVID-19 Resource Centre.

This event in the series has been organised by the the Department of Management.

The next event in this series will take place at 2pm on 29 May on COVID-19 Economic Response: a comparative, cross-border perspective.

The Department of Management (@LSEManagement) is a world class centre for education and research in business and management. At the heart of LSE’s academic community in central London, we are ranked #2 in the world for business and management.

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