[community] Is COVID Alert an Inclusive Design Fail?

John W (personal) pickupwillis at gmail.com
Tue Aug 4 20:37:56 UTC 2020

the new Covid Alert app just released in Ontario apparently requires users
to have the latest device / software, leaving low-income and more
marginalized folks -- aka people most likely to contract the virus -- out
of the loop.

I verified this myself yesterday when I could not install it to my iPhone 6
because it requires iOS 13.5

WTF? is this an inclusive design fail of top ranking, or can someone with
greater technical knowledge dismiss my budding outrage?

maybe it's just an MVP, okay - but surely the communication on this is
feeble and misguided because word is already out that it's for the
privileged few. Sheesh!



*John D. Willis | CE CAIP MDes*
Design & Innovation in Public Services
Toronto CANADA

Garbled text? My apologies - speech-to-text technology is still a work in

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