The use of a coronavirus contact tracing app has not yet been demonstrated to be trustworthy, in terms of its purpose, reliability, effectiveness or potential harmfulness. Furthermore, the binary nature of its output must be addressed if trustworthiness is to be achieved.
As the UK remains in its lockdown phase, the demand for electronic devices to work and engage in social contact is booming. This widens the target population for fraudsters in a substantial way, allowing them to adjust scams which play on people’s deepest fears.
The coronavirus outbreak may have averted or postponed North Korea’s aim of hosting a curious gathering of blockchain and cryptocurrency experts. Potential participants should resist the temptation to attend this event, should Pyongyang seek to reinstate it in the future.