Safe Paths

A global community-led movement

Safe Paths develops free, open-source, privacy-by-design tools for residents, public health officials, and larger communities to flatten the curve of COVID-19, reduce fear, and prevent a surveillance-state response to the pandemic.

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About us

MIT Safe Paths was created by Ramesh Raskar, with Sandy Pentland, Kent Larson, and Kevin Esvelt. Ramesh is an Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab and inventor of a camera to see around corners for which he received the 2016 Lemelson–MIT Prize. He holds 90+ US patents, has s co-authored books include Spatial Augmented Reality, Computational Photography, and 3D Imaging; appeared in NYTimes, CNN, BBC, NewScientist, TechnologyReview, and several technology news websites; and has worked on special research projects at Google [X], Facebook, Apple. He is co-founder of EyeNetra and several other companies.

MIT Safe Paths began as a multi-faculty, cross-MIT effort, with input and expertise from institutes including Harvard University, Stanford University, and SUNY Buffalo; clinical input from Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital; and mentors from the World Health Organization, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

  • Mentors: Amandeep Gill (I-DAIR), Bernardo Mariano Jr (WHO), Brian McClendon, Don Rucker (HHS), and Subbu Subramanian, Suraj Kapa (Mayo Clinic)
  • Faculty Mentors: Ronald L. Rivest, Yael T. Kalai, Daniel J. Weitzner, Hal Abelson, Jonathan Gruber, Nickolai Zeldovich, and Adi Shamir.
  • Research Mentors: Yoshua Bengio (MILA), Richard Janda (McGill), John Halamka (Mayo Clinic)

MIT Safe Paths operates the Private Kit:Safe Paths app and provides global thought leadership through research and development.

Steve Penrod from TripleBlind served as the founding CTO of Safe Paths. Core members of the initial technical team include: Abhishek Singh, Vitor Pamplona, and Ken Pugsley.

The Safe Paths program has been spun out from MIT Media Lab into a newly created non-profit called Path Checks, Inc (PCI). PCI was established with the initial purpose of supporting the global rollout of the COVID Safe Paths app and Safe Places browser tool for contact tracers. COVID Safe Paths will help to enable societal reemergence, including the reopening of schools and the restarting of the economy, on the other side of what Tomas Pueyo referred to as “The Hammer and the Dance.” Through our global partnership with EY, we are prepared to support public health officials everywhere with two 100% free, open-source technologies:

  • Safe Places
  • COVID Safe Paths

The Team

Our team is composed of a consortium of epidemiologists, engineers, data scientists, digital privacy evangelists, professors and researchers from reputable institutions.

  • A.J. Pape
    Impact Leadership Network
  • Aaron Kissler
    FL Health
  • Abhishek Singh
    MIT Media Lab
  • Adam D'Amico
  • Alfred Spector
    Two Sigma
  • Alina Clough
    Harvard Kennedy School
  • Andrea Nuzzo
  • Antonio Luca Alfeo
  • Ashley Mehra
    University of Cambridge, The Wilson Center
  • Bill Fallon
    Fallon Creative
  • Birch Norton
  • Bryan Wilson
    MIT Connection Science
  • Carter Wilcox
    Harvard University
  • Cason Carter
  • Charisse Pasaje
  • Chaundra Manorome
    Bond University
  • Chris Kreis
    ASP.MD Inc.
  • Christian Crumlish
    Design in Product
  • Christian Keegan
    Westminster College
  • Craig Miller
    SpatialMinds, MapDrill
  • David Biga
    Particle Space
  • David Ganzi
  • Dazza Greenwood
  • Deepti Pahwa
    Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Du Tri Duong
  • Elizabeth Yekhtikian
    Earned Media Consultants
  • Enrico Santus
  • Fernando Morera
  • Francesco M Benedetti
  • Gabriel Harp
    The MIT Press
  • Glenn Archer
    GLA & Associates, LLC
  • Greg Nadeau
    Public Consulting Group
  • Harsh Vitra
    Plant for the Planet
  • Heather Tartaglia
  • Hira Dangol
    VLAB, Stanford University
  • Jay Summet
    Georgia Insitute of Technology
  • Jeff Saviano
  • Jenny Ro
    Curious Reactor
  • Jocelyn Rand
  • John Werner
    MIT Fellow, VC, TEDx, IIA
  • Jon Askin
    Brooklyn Law School
  • Julia Quinn
  • Kasia Chmielinski
    Data Nutrition Project
  • Kaushal Jain
    Harvard Business School
  • Ken Pugsley
  • Khalil Louisy
  • Kristen Vilcans
  • Kyle Towle
  • Lagnojita Sinha
  • Lee Brody
    SRS Medical
  • Liv Blackmon
  • Mahdi Fahda
  • Mariateresa Faregna
  • Mark Miller
    Good Harbor Partners
  • Matthew Creel
  • Nick McLoota
  • Nigel Jacob
    City of Boston
  • Peter Scanlon
  • Praneeth Vepakomma
  • Qusai Akoud
  • Rachel Barbar
  • Rajeev Chaudhry
    Mayo Clinic
  • Rajeev Surati
    Computation and Imaging
  • Ramesh Raskar
  • Rebecca Xiong
  • Renaud Falgas
    IMD Business School
  • Rishank Kanaparti
  • Rob Brink
    Remote Consulting, Inc.
  • Robson Beaudry
    Harvard University
  • Russ Wilcox
    Pillar VC
  • Sam Zimmerman
  • Sam Stowers
    Minerva Schools
  • Samir Goncalves
  • Sarah Hare
  • Satam Gaurav
    Mayo Clinic
  • Sherif Kozman
    Extreme Solution
  • Sienna Leis
    Harvard Kennedy School
  • Steve Penrod
  • Steve Vittorioso
    Earned Media Consultants
  • Sultana Mahfuz
  • Suraj Kapa
    Mayo Clinic
  • Susan Garfield
  • Tal Achituv
    Hamagen (Israel)
  • Tarun Nimmagadda
    Corona Trace
  • Tito Bottitta
  • Uduak Obong-Eren
    Carnegie Mellon University Alum
  • Vinay Gidwaney
  • Vinit Nijhawan
    Massachusetts Tech Transfer Center, Boston University, VentureCafe Foundation
  • Vitor Pamplona
    EyeNetra Inc.
  • Yasaman Rajaee


Collaborator Projects


Providing free open-source support to protect their user's data privacy.

Covid Watch

Sharing open-source Bluetooth proximity data in an anonymized way and working with CoEpi for community epidemiology.

Covid ActNow

Visualizing how interventions affect the impact of Corona Virus across each US State and County.

Corona Trace

Helps you instantly & anonymously learn if you’ve come into contact with someone infected with COVID-19.

Covid Credentials Initiative

A Global, cross-sector community of organizations using digital identity as a way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and reboot public trust.


A nonprofit organization dedicated to help overcome COVID-19 and return to our daily lives.

Support the PrivacyFirst effort

We are seeking strategic partners, cities to pilot COVID SafePaths, financial support, software developers, and others with a passion for building this tool. Can you help us? Connect with us here.

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