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Opinion

Beware of over-hyping contact tracing apps in coronavirus fight

Technology has to integrate with health services and protect civil liberties

| Singapore
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James Crabtree is an associate professor in practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is author of "The Billionaire Raj."

As countries begin to relax social distancing rules over the coming weeks, political leaders are desperately seeking ways to bring some kind of normality back to economies battered by COVID-19. Optimists think a new generation of contact tracing apps might help to manage future outbreaks, reducing the need for damaging new lockdowns.

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