This week will be decisive for the purposes of follow-up contacts required by the government.
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“This is an important step that shows that we want deadlines “. Cedric O has announced that a portion of the source code of the application StopCovid will be published this Tuesday. The idea is to give the opportunity to those interested to go and check its operation. For the secretary of State to Digital, it is only a first step, and ” other lines of codes will be published in the coming weeks. ” The publication will be on Gitlab, an open source platform used by the national Institute for research in computer science, which is in charge of development.
This desire for transparency is seen in the context of the tumultuous development of StopCovid. The tool was announced in early April by the government in the framework of its strategy of déconfinement. It is based on the Bluetooth technology and allows you to prevent people who are found in the vicinity of individuals infected by the Covid-19.
The test phase will start in the middle of the week
The goal was to break the application from may 11, to help identify the formation of new foci of contamination. Except that the project was much behind schedule due, in particular, to a pass of arms between the government and Apple. StopCovid should eventually be available from June 2 and promised Cedric O.
The test phase must, however, engage as early as this week, announced the minister, before an acceleration next week. Difficult to know how this will unfold. According to the JDD, volunteers from public service workers could be put at contribution. It is also possible that the military is called in to try out this new device as did the Germans. It is also unknown where these operations will take place. An advisor Cedric O, however, clarifies to our colleagues : “We want to test the application in a place with a dense network of public transport, a place where there are subways and shopping malls “.
The results will be crucial, especially as the national Assembly must debate and vote on the device during the week of may 25. For the time being, the government may reassure himself by looking at the experimentation currently being conducted in the Uk on the isle of Wight. The app, which looks a lot like the French model, has already been downloaded 55,000 times.