Andrew Chen

Andrew Chen is a born-and- bred Aucklander with Taiwanese heritage. He has interests in evidence-informed policy, science and technology communication, civics education and immigration. With the rest of his time, he is a PhD candidate in Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Auckland, investigating embedded vision with surveillance and robotics applications.

Society
Aug 30, 2021

What’s gone wrong with Bluetooth tracing?

There's no complicated technical reason behind the lack of Bluetooth data used during this outbreak – contact tracers simply aren't prioritising it.

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Society
Aug 19, 2021

We can avoid hard lockdowns like this if we get out our phones more often

Without enough contact tracing information, we have little choice.

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Science
Apr 12, 2021

The Contact Tracer app just got gamified. Here's what that means for you

From swirly award icons and live stats to a flashlight prompt, what's changed, and why?

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Society
Apr 29, 2020

Covid-19: The tough questions on a digital contact-tracing app

To start with: how likely are mistakes, what about privacy, and will the right people actually use it?

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Politics
Jun 15, 2017

Please don’t say ‘real Kiwi’: How to talk about immigration without being a dick

As immigration returns to centre-stage in election year, politicians, the media and everyone else need to take serious stock of the language being used, writes Andrew Chen

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