The Linux Foundation wants to help combat COVID-19 with free, open source apps to tell people when they’ve been exposed to the virus

The Linux Foundation has a new Public Health group that wants to use open source software to address the coronavirus crisis and future epidemics.

  • Linux Foundation launched a public health unit in July to use open source software to combat the coronavirus pandemic and future epidemics.
  • The foundation now has two apps: COVID Green, which is built by NearForm developers in Ireland, and COVID Shield, which is built by Shopify developers in Canada.
  • Currently, contact tracing apps are not widely used, but the general manager of the initiative is optimistic that adoption will improve thanks to this tech.