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Digital contact tracing and exposure notification: ethical guidance for trustworthy pandemic management.
Ranisch, Robert; Nijsingh, Niels; Ballantyne, Angela; van Bergen, Anne; Buyx, Alena; Friedrich, Orsolya; Hendl, Tereza; Marckmann, Georg; Munthe, Christian; Wild, Verina.
  • Ranisch R; International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany.
  • Nijsingh N; Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany.
  • Ballantyne A; Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore.
  • van Bergen A; Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany.
  • Buyx A; Institute for History and Ethics in Medicine, Technical University Munich, Munich, Germany.
  • Friedrich O; Institute of Philosophy, FernUniversität Hagen, Hagen, Germany.
  • Hendl T; Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany.
  • Marckmann G; Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany.
  • Munthe C; Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Wild V; Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany.
Ethics Inf Technol ; 23(3): 285-294, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-891267
ABSTRACT
There is growing interest in contact tracing apps (CT apps) for pandemic management. It is crucial to consider ethical requirements before, while, and after implementing such apps. In this paper, we illustrate the complexity and multiplicity of the ethical considerations by presenting an ethical framework for a responsible design and implementation of CT apps. Using this framework as a starting point, we briefly highlight the interconnection of social and political contexts, available measures of pandemic management, and a multi-layer assessment of CT apps. We will discuss some trade-offs that arise from this perspective. We then suggest that public trust is of major importance for population uptake of contact tracing apps. Hasty, ill-prepared or badly communicated implementations of CT apps will likely undermine public trust, and as such, risk impeding general effectiveness.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Experimental Studies / Prognostic study Language: English Journal: Ethics Inf Technol Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S10676-020-09566-8

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Experimental Studies / Prognostic study Language: English Journal: Ethics Inf Technol Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S10676-020-09566-8