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Review: The benevolent panopticon

Review: The benevolent panopticon

This essay focuses on the potential use of digital information for contact tracing of COVID-19 and discusses privacy and access issues as well as public good.

To persuade individuals of contact tracing’s benefit, it is important to remove some of the social and cultural negative associations to this practice from past use. Some countries, particularly in Europe, have already begun determining how to better regulate data collection, prevent algorithmic bias, and limit use of mass surveillance. It is also important to increase understanding of the data, platforms, and devices that could be useful, and to frame the purpose of contact tracing as most appropriate for the context: public health, patients, or citizens.

|2020-04-29T08:59:38-04:00April 29th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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