[Resource Topic] 2020/1462: Ovid: Message-based Automatic Contact Tracing

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Ovid: Message-based Automatic Contact Tracing

Authors: Leonie Reichert, Samuel Brack, Björn Scheuermann


The Covid-19 pandemic created various new challenges for our societies. Quickly discovering new infections using automated contact tracing without endangering privacy of the general public is one of these. Most discussions concerning architectures for contact tracing applications revolved around centralized against decentralized approaches. In contrast, the system proposed in this work builds on the idea of message-based contact tracing to inform users of their risk. Our main contribution is the combination of a blind-signature approach to verify infections with an anonymous postbox service. In our evaluation we analyze all components in our system for performance and privacy, as well as security. We derive parameters for operating our system in a pandemic scenario.

ePrint: https://eprint.iacr.org/2020/1462

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