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Vaccine passports: A ticket out of COVID-19?

We’ve had just about enough of being stuck indoors now, but how soon will we be able to get back to doing the things we love and how could a vaccine passport help things to open back up safely?

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Staying safe as COVID-19 restrictions lift

Staying safe as COVID-19 restrictions lift

At Moai, [our research](https://arxiv.org/abs/2103.17096) explores COVID-19 transmission vectors to help us understand how we can best use non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to prevent disease propagation. Our researchers have designed a survey which aims to gain valuable insights from users of our contact tracing app about the environments they visit.

Moai Team
Moai Team
How can epidemiology models help us beat COVID-19?

How can epidemiology models help us beat COVID-19?

Scientists around the world have been working tirelessly to understand and reduce the spread of COVID-19. So what is an epidemiology model and how can it help us?

Moai Team
Moai Team
What’s air conditioning got to do with COVID-19?

What’s air conditioning got to do with COVID-19?

By now, we are used to making adjustments to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. But how does air flow come into the equation and how can we use information about the airflow in venues to mitigate risk?

Moai Team
Moai Team
What’s the difference between COVID-19 vaccines?

What’s the difference between COVID-19 vaccines?

The UK is the first country in the world to approve Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine against COVID-19. But how does it work, and how is it different from other vaccines that are being produced?

Moai Team
Moai Team
What if a COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t work?

What if a COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t work?

If other viruses are anything to go by, we may not be able to rely on a vaccine to eradicate COVID-19. But how likely is it that we won’t find a workable vaccine? And how else can we manage coronavirus?

Moai Team
Moai Team
Where are the most dangerous places to be during COVID-19?

Where are the most dangerous places to be during COVID-19?

Stats can show us the death rate in various countries around the world, but the discussion around the venues causing COVID-19 hotspots continues…

Moai Team
Moai Team
The global effort to produce a vaccine

The global effort to produce a vaccine

November saw something of a breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19. But are we likely to reach a point soon where the coronavirus is under control?

Moai Team
Moai Team
Approaches to managing COVID-19 around the world: liberty vs safety

Approaches to managing COVID-19 around the world: liberty vs safety

How are various countries tackling this balancing act? And what does it tell us about their culture and politics, and citizens’ tolerance for surveillance?

Moai Team
Moai Team
Enabling vital research while protecting privacy

Enabling vital research while protecting privacy

Research into COVID-19 is vital, but how can we carry it out without compromising individual privacy? Moai has the answer.

Moai Team
Moai Team
How can you be sure your data won't be sold when you go out for dinner?

How can you be sure your data won't be sold when you go out for dinner?

Restaurants rely on third party technology to collect customer data as part of track and trace schemes, but some apps are reportedly selling your confidential information.

Moai Team
Moai Team
Why Bluetooth is not the best approach to contact tracing

Why Bluetooth is not the best approach to contact tracing

Bluetooth is a common feature of the apps launched to track the spread of COVID-19 around the world. But it has several pitfalls...

Moai Team
Moai Team
An introduction to the Moai app

An introduction to the Moai app

Discover a smarter, more secure approach to contact tracing with innovative technology from Moai.

Moai Team
Moai Team
What is contact tracing?

What is contact tracing?

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought plenty of new language along with it. So what does ‘contact tracing’ mean, and how does it work?

Moai Team
Moai Team
How privacy tech can help beat COVID-19

How privacy tech can help beat COVID-19

As various approaches are proposed and tested for tracing the spread of the virus, how can we lower risks without demolishing privacy? 

Moai Team
Moai Team
Should we trust the government to deliver COVID-19 contact tracing?

Should we trust the government to deliver COVID-19 contact tracing?

Attempts to halt the spread of coronavirus in the UK rest on the success of tracing infected people. But will the public trust the government’s app enough to make it effective?

Moai Team
Moai Team
Meet the Moai team

Meet the Moai team

Moai has been built to deliver a secure track and trace solution that keeps people safe without compromising on privacy.

Moai Team
Moai Team
COVID-19 data collection and your human rights

COVID-19 data collection and your human rights

Article 8 of the Human Rights Act enshrines your right to respect for private and family life. Does contact tracing, as part of tackling the spread of coronavirus, pose a threat to this right?

Moai Team
Moai Team
The year Mickey Mouse caught COVID-19?

The year Mickey Mouse caught COVID-19?

As contact tracing apps rely heavily on user-inputted data, how can we ensure the accuracy of the results… and stop the disease spreading?

Moai Team
Moai Team
How to avoid a data scandal at your premises

How to avoid a data scandal at your premises

As the hospitality industry tries to keep itself afloat during COVID-19, how can you make sure you’re complying with relevant regulations, and not risking getting into hot water?

Moai Team
Moai Team
How does contract tracing work around the world?

How does contract tracing work around the world?

We compare the approaches taken to trace and halt the spread of COVID-19 by different governments, with a particular focus on citizen privacy. Why are they broken, and how can we do better?

Moai Team
Moai Team
Technology versus the nanny state

Technology versus the nanny state

Data from GlobalWebIndex shows that fear of the government having access to personal information is greater than the fear of private business

Moai Team
Moai Team
How does GDPR and contact tracing affect your business?

How does GDPR and contact tracing affect your business?

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 may rely on gathering personal information, to trace contact with those infected. So how can your business do this and respect data protection regulations, and people’s privacy?

Moai Team
Moai Team
COVID-19: Extending automated tracing with manual tracing

COVID-19: Extending automated tracing with manual tracing

We believe we can provide the extension to Bluetooth contact-tracing that will fill the gaps, reliably warning people of their risk without revealing the source of the risk.

Moai Team
Moai Team
COVID-19: Vaccine trial and mobile application

COVID-19: Vaccine trial and mobile application

Today, we reached two significant milestones. The first one is not related to our contact-tracing service: human trial of a COVID-19 vaccine, led by Oxford, Bristol, London and Southampton universities, has started.

Moai Team
Moai Team
COVID-19: Bridging health services

COVID-19: Bridging health services

Over the last few weeks, we have been actively working on finding the best way of confirming infections.

Moai Team
Moai Team
COVID-19: Centralised, decentralised, or both?

COVID-19: Centralised, decentralised, or both?

Secretarium uses secure hardware to protect data even from someone with physical access to the machine. Data is encrypted and secure at all times; network transfer is encrypted; memory is encrypted; even CPU caches are encrypted.

Moai Team
Moai Team
COVID-19: Bluetooth-tracing and distance measures

COVID-19: Bluetooth-tracing and distance measures

Measuring distance is a challenge. Bluetooth signal is attenuated with distance, but there are hundreds of different devices, designs, and antennas. A device 5 meters away can have a stronger signal than another one just 2 meters away. To this, we see added complexity due to reverberation and interferences.

Moai Team
Moai Team
COVID-19: Improved authority bridging: maximised impact

COVID-19: Improved authority bridging: maximised impact

Watching the various efforts currently made by the community and carefully reviewing the advantages and pitfalls of each, we feel that we are now close to a comprehensive final proposal and expect to release our technical paper soon.

Moai Team
Moai Team
COVID-19: Our privacy-preserving proposition

COVID-19: Our privacy-preserving proposition

Our primary focus is to build a service compatible with Apple & Google design, and get it running. We are also adding functionalities to our service to support this alternative design.

Moai Team
Moai Team
COVID-19: Some privacy concerns

COVID-19: Some privacy concerns

Companies such as health and life insurance or mortgage dealers, in the absence of available science, may start relying on worst-case assumptions and start discriminating against infected people. The identities of infected people must remain private to avoid this risk.

Moai Team
Moai Team
COVID-19: The critical role of authorities

COVID-19: The critical role of authorities

We can help increase the impact by bridging authorities' data internationally, in the case of an infected user crossing a border. With the consent of the user, we can forward pseudonymised identifiers to all relevant authorities.

Moai Team
Moai Team
COVID-19: A welcome effort from Apple and Google

COVID-19: A welcome effort from Apple and Google

To prevent the spread of the COVID-19, we have explored Bluetooth-based contact-tracing techniques. Other solutions based on GPS, antenna towers or local wifi triangulation, are not precise or reliable enough.

Moai Team
Moai Team
COVID-19: Privacy-respecting alerts

COVID-19: Privacy-respecting alerts

We spent the last few weeks designing a neutral, auditable, and remotely verifiable service, to help public agencies accomplish this goal. When a user reports as infected, the encrypted service will securely reconcile data from all sources, and each source will be able to inform users via their app.

Moai Team
Moai Team