AI has Announced The Launch Of Open Source Code on September 9

The Secretary of State for Artificial Intelligence has announced that the code will open on September 9 It is not clear if it will give only the latest version or the process of all the changes and those that will be in the future

In the development of an app it is important to know what the code did before and what it has stopped doing and In an interview with SER the Secretary of State Carme Artigas said that the government was not a startup to justify giving the supposedly closed code

It is not however the norm in the community There is a wrong perception There are many institutions that seem to get the feeling that if you make a code and nobody sees it it will be safer

Experience tells us that this is not the case If you open the code someone who wants to attack you can see weaknesses But for every person who wants to attack there will be 10 who want to help A closed source product is very difficult for them to help you improve it says Manuel Carro director of Imdea Software

Carro speculates that perhaps Sedia and Indra wanted to avoid the urgency of having to release an app that had dozens of programmers commenting on details in public

If you want a refined version the more eyes see it the better But perhaps Indra and Sedia did not want to release a product that they know because they have been told that it has problems he explains The rush may have led to the delay in the publication of the code But now publishing can bring bigger challenges

Even if the code is not released an app can be decompiled to keep an eye on what is inside Radar Covid does not leave either it obfuscates the code That means it changes concepts to make it incomprehensible to other programmers

If it were not obfuscated you would get a copy similar to the initial code that the developers wrote Although not the same It would be a cheap copy of the original but in the absence of being open it would be good for looking

Why does Radar Covid obfuscate and does not allow that more panoramic look In open source it doesnt make any sense In proprietary code maybe yes

There are many companies that obfuscate that code to make it worth your while Something you want to protect It has to be something you really want to hide says Barragan

Carmela Troncoso the Spanish engineer who led the DP3T project from Switzerland is also surprised by the Spanish prudence with the code especially when the license of her own work forces her to release it immediately

In principle the app is national and cannot know where each possible infected person is All the values of the infected persons must be on a single server to be useful

How has it been resolved that the 17 health systems of the autonomous communities can offer their services without having to know where each possible contagious contact is With a drop down

The app includes a dropdown menu when you receive a highrisk notification as explained by sources from the Secretary of State When receiving a highrisk notification

The autonomous community of your interest can be selected from a dropdown menu by residence by visit and obtain the healthcare telephone number as well as a link to its information portal

This is done without consulting geolocation or consulting the contagion alert server In fact you can select the different communities and go looking at the respective telephones they explain An example can be seen in this notification

The dropdown is already active It works like the one for the language which comes out when you download the app and which for now only allows Spanish Catalan and English

If a community wants to personalize their tour after receiving a positive they must do so on their portal not in the app codes that health personnel will give to a positive person to introduce depend on each community and therefore each one will know how many deliveries

According to the same official sources the technical implementation that is done with the communities implies enabling the way in which they can distribute positive codes

Through healthcare personnel when someone is diagnosed positive after a PCR It is not a centralized process but of each community Therefore as this implementation is done with each community it is possible to know how many codes each one distributes but obviously not to whom The codes are also temporary and expire after seven days

In the juicy interview with the SER Artigas said that in the first days of integration in three communities there had been 20 notifications We have already registered that there have been positive PCR code entries in Andalusia Castilla y León and the Balearic Islands and that they have generated about 20 alarms this week from people who had received notification that they had been close to a contact he said How did the secretariat know how many notifications the system had sent

When someone is positive that person enters a code in the app that allows the numbers that they have exchanged with other citizens in recent days to be uploaded to the server

The apps of other citizens ask the server several times a day if any of the numbers they have stored from other close contacts are on the server That would indicate that there has been contact with someone who is positive today

If that coincidence occurs the notification jumps on the same mobile No one outside can know that there has been such a warning At most you can know how many calls have been received where the patient gives the app as a reason for alert At the end of this piece the Secretary of State had not yet responded to repeated questions from on this matter Either way these mysteries are likely to be revealed on the 9th when the full code comes to light

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