What’s new in civic tech: New app traces coronavirus contact

Developers have built a new smartphone app for tracing potential coronavirus infections. A team of researchers at the University of California, Irvine announced the tool this week, describing as potentially “instrumental” in the effort to trace and track infections, which is something governors have described as a vital step in reopening the economy. The tool is called TrackCOVID, and it is a free, open-sourced app that its creators say also ensures the privacy of those who are potentially affected.