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Business Insider: Ireland’s contact-tracing app has done so well that US states want to use it

July 22, 2020

Ireland’s COVID-19 contact tracing app has been so successful that officials from other countries, including the US, want to use it.

Ireland’s app, which launched on July 7, and is called COVID Tracker, was developed by a software company called NearForm. It reached 1.3 million downloads in its first week, roughly 37% of people in Ireland over 16 years old.

A day after the app launched, NearForm’s CEO Cian Ó Maidín tweeted the company had found “a solution for contact tracing for governments. The NearForm team can get a national contact tracing system launched in one month.” On July 20, NearForm and Ireland’s health authority, the Health Service Executive (HSE), donated the code to an open-source project called the Linux Foundation Public Health Initiative.

HealthcareITNews: Linux Foundation Public Health projects first focused on Google-Apple Exposure Notification API

July 22, 2020

The Linux Foundation has launched a new project to harness open source software to help global public health agencies fight back against COVID-19 and prepare for future public health challenges.

WHY IT MATTERS
The Linux Foundation Public Health Initiative has signed on seven premier members – Cisco, doc.ai, Geometer, IBM, NearForm, Tencent and VMware – as it works on two initial projects.

Covid Watch, Kiel University of Applied Sciences, and US Digital Response have also joined as nonprofit associate members.

Apple Insider: Linux Foundation launches new initiative to fight COVID-19 with Apple-Google API

July 21, 2020

The Linux Foundation on Monday announced a new initiative to leverage open source tech, including the Apple-Google Exposure Notification API, to combat coronavirus.

At first, the Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) project will focus on exposure notification apps that use the Apple-Google API. The framework launched in May 2020, but has yet to see widespread adoption globally.

Along with seven initial primary members, the LFPH initiative is also making its debut with two hosted exposure notification projects dubbed COVID Shield and COVID Green. Both are said to be launching in Canada, Ireland and several U.S. states.

ITPro: Linux Foundation open-sources coronavirus tracing apps

July 21, 2020

The Linux Foundation has launched two contact tracing systems as part of a public health initiative which uses open source technology to help government agencies fight the spread of coronavirus across the world.

Two exposure notification projects, known as COVID Shield and COVID Green, have been developed based on the Google Apple Exposure Notification (GAEN) system, and aim to support all public health authorities’ contact tracing efforts.

ZDNet: Open source and health leaders join forces to fight coronavirus

July 20, 2020

When coronavirus appeared, open-source developers turned their efforts to defeat it. Now, The Linux Foundation is bringing together corporate open-source and public health authorities (PHAs) leaders to fight COVID-19 in the Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH).

This also brings some much-needed organization to some open-source anti-coronavirus efforts. True, from the start of the pandemic, open-source has tackled COVID-19 problems. Indeed, some of the first efforts to track the virus’ infection testing numbers came from open-source developers…

TechRepublic: Linux Foundation announces open source exposure notification apps initiative to combat COVID-19

July 20, 2020

The Linux Foundation introduced its latest project that uses open source technologies to help public health authorities (PHAs) fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) initiative, announced on Monday, focuses on the use of open source exposure notification applications. 

SDxCentral: Cisco, IBM, VMware Tap Open Source to Fight COVID-19

July 20, 2020

Cisco, IBM, and VMware are among a handful of vendors partnering with the Linux Foundation on an initiative using open source technologies to help public health authorities in their fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and future health epidemics. Former Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) executive director Dan Kohn leads the new project.

The Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) initiative launches with a pair of hosted projects that are currently used as exposure notification platforms targeting COVID-19. The first is COVID Shield, which is being deployed in Canada, and the second is COVID Green, which is being used by Ireland’s Health Services Executive.

The Irish Times: HSE donates contact tracing app to public health project

July 20, 2020

Ireland has donated the code for its contact tracing app to the Linux Foundation Public Health initiative as part of an attempt to suppress the coronavirus pandemic globally.

The Health Services Executive confirmed it had donated the code to the newly established foundation on Monday, as one of the first two open source projects to help fight Covid-19.

Silicon Republic: Source code of Covid Tracker Ireland app goes global with Linux project

July 20, 2020

The Linux Foundation Public Health initiative has chosen the Covid Tracker Ireland app as one of its first two open-source Covid-19 projects.

Since its launch, more than 1.3m people have downloaded the Covid Tracker Ireland app, which was developed to help track the future spread of the coronavirus. Now, the app has been chosen as one of the first two open-source contact-tracing projects by the newly established Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) initiative.

CBC: Voluntary nationwide contact tracing app coming soon, says Trudeau

July 17, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today he hopes Canadians will download a new app on their cellphones that will alert them if they’ve come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

“It will be up to individual Canadians to decide whether to download the app or not, but the app will be most effective when as many people as possible have it,” Trudeau said during his daily briefing this morning…