Descriptive Ethics for COVID19 Apps


The COVID19 pandemic spread across the world in late 2019 and early 2020. As the pandemic spread, technologists joined forces with public health officials to develop apps to support COVID19 response, including contact tracing apps.

For these technological solutions to benefit public health, users must be willing to adopt these apps. In free-choice democratic societies, users have the choice whether or not to install these apps.

This project is a descriptive ethics based examination of people’s preferences regarding COVID apps in order to better align COVID-related technology with human values. The findings from this work are designed to aid the development of policy and technology to address COVID19.

Research Output

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Project led by Elissa M. Redmiles, Ph.D. Contact