[community] on covid app and inclusion

Ushnish Sengupta ushnish.sengupta at gmail.com
Sat Aug 15 03:44:45 UTC 2020

Alberta spent $650,000 for 234,000 users for their initial ABTraceTogether
App (out of a population of 4.371 Million ~ 5% of Albertans)
An app they have now abandoned in favor of the Canada Covid Alert App.
"Currently, there are about 234,000 registered users on ABTraceTogether,
according to Alberta Health. The province spent about $650,000 developing
the app."

The Canada Covid Alert App development costs will be in the same ball park.
There were hundreds of donated developer hours from Shopify, and before
that Apple/Google, that will not be counted in the metrics.
The larger cost than app development/maintenance is the ongoing marketing
campaign to get people to use the app.
So if anyone is concerned about the costs for the app, address the
marketing costs.


On Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 11:05 PM John Willis <pickupwillis at gmail.com> wrote:

> I think those are great questions for your member of Parliament – what
> riding are you in?
> John D. Willis
> Design & innovation in Public Services
> > On Aug 14, 2020, at 17:43, Cybele S <cybele.sack at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > How might we find out how much money they have already spent on this app
> and how much will be spent on this app within its life cycle?
> >
> > What is the opportunity cost of where else this money could have been
> spent, to protect people most vulnerable to the ravages of this virus?   To
> effectively respond to community-declared need and increase capacity for
> resilience?
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >> On Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 4:49 PM John W (personal) <
> pickupwillis at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> ah, great this is a really helpful link, thanks Cybele
> >>
> >>> On Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 12:07 PM Cybele S <cybele.sack at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >>>
> https://policyresponse.ca/equity-inclusion-and-canadas-covid-alert-app/
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