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UC Campuses Pilot Google-Apple Notification Technology to Help Prevent COVID-19 Outbreaks

Today, the state of California approved a new voluntary pilot program that uses Apple and Google smartphone technology to help rapidly control COVID-19 outbreaks. The pilot is designed to quickly notify individuals when a COVID-19 exposure may have occurred. The program will launch on the campus of UC San Diego, followed by UC San Francisco for any students and employees who decide to opt in.

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UC San Diego is launching a new volunteer pilot to study whether smartphone technology may help reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Photo credit: Erik Jepsen

“The Google Apple Exposure Notification (GAEN) Express tool offers a high-tech, privacy-preserving solution that automates the work of notification for you — without sharing who you are or providing unnecessary digital details that could compromise privacy,” said Christopher Longhurst, MD, chief information officer, UC San Diego Health. “If the pilot is successful, it will set the foundation for the state

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Taking a Privacy-First Approach, Two UC Campuses Will Pilot Smartphone Technology to Help Limit Spread of COVID-19

Two University of California campuses will pilot the use of a smartphone technology to notify users if they have had a high-risk COVID-19 exposure that may result in infection. Importantly, privacy and security are central to the design of the technology, which does not collect location data from any device and never shares user identities.

The effort uses Google/Apple Exposure Notification (GAEN) technology on smartphones to supplement the essential work of human contact tracers and help further reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A major goal of this pilot is to determine if using this smartphone technology can encourage users to respond to a high-risk exposure more quickly by self-isolating and receiving additional clinical resources, which are key to limiting the spread of COVID-19. 

The limited pilot program will roll out incrementally at UC San Diego later this month. UC San Francisco plans to start using

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Silicon Valley campuses are evolving from ‘ivory towers’ to attract millennial talent

  • Silicon Valley tech companies like Facebook and Google have begun departing from the traditional style of campus designs, often closed off from the general public.
  • Experts see a trend in not only opening their doors to surrounding residents but inviting them to help design them.
  • The trend comes as companies face pressure to appease both top talent and their non-tech neighbors.



a group of people in a garden: Rendering of Maude Park, Middlefield Park


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Rendering of Maude Park, Middlefield Park

When Google announced plans for its new Mountain View tech campus this week, it didn’t look like the Silicon Valley campuses that preceded it. It’s an even starker contrast from Apple’s high-profile “spaceship” campus just several miles away, whose completed design garnered worldwide attention just two years prior.

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Google’s renderings for its new town-like tech campus in Mountain View, Calif., would convert 40 acres of Mountain View land into a new mixed-use campus and with a mix

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Google plans show Silicon Valley campuses evolving from ‘ivory towers’

Rendering of Maude Park, Middlefield Park

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When Google announced plans for its new Mountain View tech campus this week, it didn’t look like the Silicon Valley campuses that preceded it. It’s an even starker contrast from Apple’s high-profile “spaceship” campus just several miles away, whose completed design garnered worldwide attention just two years prior.

Google’s renderings for its new town-like tech campus in Mountain View, Calif., would convert 40 acres of Mountain View land into a new mixed-use campus and with a mix of office space, housing, retail and public event space. This came several months after the company released plans for an even larger mixed-use campus 10 miles down the road in downtown San Jose, for which the company expects to pay $5 billion and that could house 25,000 employees.

Facebook recently re-worked its big Menlo Park campus plans for a similar model that would include affordable

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