Tech-driven Responses to COVID-19 in Developing Asia
Featuring: Bart W. Édes, Representative, North America Office, Asian Development Bank
Wednesday, October 7th, 2020, 10:00 p.m. Washington time (11:00 a.m. Japan time; 10:00 a.m. Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, and Beijing; 9:00 a.m. Indonesia)
Webinar Registration: https://gmu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jhY9CtP5TF-L6QkD5aP8Jw
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, developing countries across Asia have been harnessing technologies to respond to initial spread of the virus, and subsequent hotspots that emerged after containment. Robots have disinfected hospitals and delivered medicine and medical supplies, drones were deployed to monitor lockdowns, contract tracing apps were created to find potential virus carriers, and digital payments and other cashless transactions have become popularized as consumers have sought to avoid unnecessary physical contact. The presentation will highlight examples of technologies adopted across a range of developing Asian countries. It will also explain how the tech-enabled response to COVID-19 has been rooted in capacities that existed in Asia prior to the pandemic.
The Use of Technology in Coping with COVID-19 in Thailand
Friday, August 14th, 2020, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (Washington D.C. time) 8:30 – 10.00 p.m. (Bangkok Time)
Webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhkWTgoG51s&feature=youtu.be
- International Academy of CIO (IAC)
- Thailand’s National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
- College of Innovation, Thammasat University
- Thammasat University AI Center (TUAI)
Technology and State Experiences in Coronavirus Response – the Case of Andhra Pradesh, India
Friday, June 26th, 2020 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Washington, D.C. Time
Webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-geFYvCHyro&feature=youtu.be
With the announcement of COVID-19 as pandemic on March 12, 2020 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the subsequent lockdown by the Government of India beginning 21-3-2020, the Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) swung into action with robust containment measures. This webinar focuses on the response of the information technology, electronics, and communications (ITEC) department, GoAP, and the ITEC industry in countering the COVID-19 menace.
Leveraging its prowess in Technology, the GoAP developed the ‘COVID-19 AP’ mobile application for use by the people. Along with ‘Arogya Setu’ mobile application (developed by the Government of India), Government officials could identify the infection clusters and enable classification of the clusters into Green, Orange and Red Zones. These mobile applications helped the officials in ‘geo fencing’ and ‘contact tracing’ and thus helped in isolating the infected persons. Metrics like Doubling rate, Recovery rate showed marked improvement across all the ages.
Backed by data analytics and dashboard, Government officials made calibrated interventions in healthcare and supply of essential food items and medicines. Electronic pass (E-pass) was enabled online to the persons requiring emergency travel. With the available technology, instant money transfer was made to the vulnerable section of the society – pensioners, migrant labour, women, farmers through various welfare schemes. COVID-19 protocol in the form of stay at home, hand wash, and physical distancing were reinforced in English and the vernacular languages through ringtone messages, short messaging services (SMS) and other digital media.
The impact on education sector has been significant with the disruption of academic schedules at schools and higher educational institutions due to suspension of classes over a prolonged period. Depending on the particular education institution, instructors worked with ITEC teams to ensure that students have equal access from home to a wide variety of virtual sessions. Large presence of smart phones and WiFi technologies ensured seamless delivery of the learning content.
These digital transformation initiatives were safely managed for all users: staff, students, and partners by authenticating identity and authorizing access to counter the cyber adversaries. Unsafe interactive applications were promptly put to disuse by timely advisories from the Government.
In addition to the above, the webinar will bring to focus many more innovative approaches wrought in by the ITEC department, GoAP.
The Case of Taiwan, Monday, May 18th, 2020 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Washington, D.C. time)
Webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwGj_-s_gT233pdnPeqEiWw/featured
Featuring: Ming-Fen Chuang, Deputy Director, Taiwan, National Development Council; Cheng-Ming Wang, Senior Systems Analyst, Taiwan National Development Council; Zhou-peng Liao, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Taiwan E-Governance Research Center
The Taiwan E-Government program and corresponding investment in ICT in the public sector over the last twenty years has played a key role in enabling Taiwan’s COVID-19 response. The webinar explores how Taiwan’s digital government capability provided the foundation for a wide ranging set of COVID-19 response initiatives including: identification and containment by correlating immigration and customs data and health insurance data; real time alerting and travel risk assessment through analysis of travel history and patient symptoms; and the proactive contacting of patients with respiratory illness symptoms. The webinar also highlights the Taiwan National Health Command Center (NHCC) (established after SARS in 2004) which coordinated the COVID-19 response between national and local governments.