Pandemic and the Role of Technology with Dr. Anuradha Rao

19 May 2020: Episode 37: Pandemic and the Role of Technology with Dr Anuradha Rao, Founder of CyberCognizanz. South Asia Chaat, Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS (audio podcast)

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic early this year, there has been an exponential increase in our dependence on technology. Governments are experimenting with social media to keep citizens informed and updated about the infection. Among other aspects, the pandemic has, globally, shaken the conventional methods of education. It has forced us to rethink of ways we use technology. While more countries are moving towards restoring normalcy and opening up, one of the aspects governments are enforcing is the usage of contact-tracing applications to avoid the further spread of COVID-19. To discuss the impact of the pandemic on technology, we spoke to Dr Anuradha Rao, the founder of CyberCognizanz, a training and communications company in Singapore that focuses on cyber-safety and cybersecurity.

For over 11 years, Dr Anuradha has studied, taught and conducted research on the relationship between new technologies, society, politics and security in Asia at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and other higher education institutions in Singapore. Anuradha holds a PhD in Communications and New Media from NUS, and an MA in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India.

In a podcast interview with the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Dr. Anuradha Rao highlights social media challenges during COVID-19, such as fake news and misinformation, and doxing. She also discusses the implications of contact tracing apps - particularly in relation to ongoing debates about privacy and national security in India and Singapore.


Contact tracing apps, COVID-19, Doxing, Fake news, India, Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National security, National University of Singapore (NUS), Privacy, Singapore, Social media

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