Mission

The TCN Coalition is dedicated to creating privacy-first digital tools to support public health officials in eradicating infectious diseases so we can minimize lockdowns without endangering our communities.

Our Vision

We will do this by creating an alliance dedicated to building out the support network required to enable appropriate technology-driven non-pharmaceutical interventions in the fight against infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. 

We will become the organization that provides leadership and guidance to any teams wanting to build exposure notification (aka digital contact tracing and alerting) tools. We’ll do this not only through shared technology, such as our TCN protocol, but by becoming the thought leaders in the space. We’ll create thought leadership for public health agencies to help them navigate this digital world, partner with manual contact tracing efforts to continue the chain, and provide the community that technology providers need in order to be successful.

Our Strategy

Our immediate strategy is dedicated to facilitating the creation of interoperable exposure notification tools in the battle against COVID-19, while being protocol-neutral. We support privacy-first decentralized protocols like DP-3T, MIT PACT, UW PACT, and the Apple/Google specs, in addition to the TCN Protocol, which has been developed and is being continuously improved by our members and a global open-source movement.

We want to enable our affiliate application teams to get their test applications in the market as soon as possible so that we can be the leaders in the digital contact tracing space. Using the knowledge gained from the testing period, we will be able to provide real-world feedback on how to best implement these tools. We will work to connect our application teams with public health authorities. We will also then develop partnerships with manual contact tracing organizations to develop strategies on how to integrate more traditional public health measures into the flow.

We’ll support our affiliate apps through continuing education and research studies into how exposure notification can be effectively deployed. We’ll get epidemiologists and lawyers on board to act as advisors to the teams so that they can get their questions answered and get advice on how best to succeed. 

We’re going to ramp up PR and marketing dramatically so that TCN can really become the voice of exposure notification. With a strong team in place we’ll be able to make sure that TCN has a seat at the table whenever conversations around unlocking the economy happen.

We’ll continue to support privacy-preserving tools to serve the public health, and will begin lobbying for legislation in the US and EU that makes sure civil rights are protected and exposure notification technologies will not be abused. We want to make sure that the system remains true to our bill of rights and is opt-in, and will work to continue that.

Who are we?

TCN Coalition is a global community united to support the development of privacy-preserving digital contact tracing and exposure notification technology. Our protocol provides for interoperability and privacy-preservation among the mobile apps being created to slow the spread of COVID-19. While the TCN protocol has been widely adopted, we support and encourage development adhering to any decentralized protocol.

How did we get here?

After observing the massive scramble to develop and deploy digital contact tracing apps by different entities from around the world, our organizers saw the need to create a protocol that addressed a number of challenges. One being the preservation of user privacy. The other being interoperability — the ability of these apps to talk to each other in a seamless way.

Where are we headed?

The TCN Coalition is now protocol neutral. Member organizations, who have widely adopted the TCN protocol, may also adopt any suitable, decentralized, and privacy-preserving protocol. TCN supports the joint effort by Google and Apple to organize a protocol and is ensuring that both protocols are compatible as we are confident both will achieve similar goals.

The TCN Coalition is now protocol neutral. Member organizations, who have widely adopted the TCN protocol, may also adopt any suitable, decentralized, and privacy-preserving protocol. TCN supports the joint effort by Google and Apple to organize a protocol and is ensuring that both protocols are compatible as we are confident both will achieve similar goals.

We continue to release open source tools and resources to aid app developers and governments. Most importantly, we are continuing to drive the privacy conversation forward. Through the efforts of well over 1,000 people, we at TCN Coalition hope to return life back to a state of normalcy as soon as realistically possible.