Participatory surveillance through tracing apps – Understanding a doubleedged approach to realize social benefits

Partners: University of Göttingen - Chair of Interorganizational Information Systems and Chair of Information Security and Compliance

Funding Body: VolkswagenStiftung

Project Duration: 04/2021 - 03/2023
This project investigates success factors and multifaceted impacts of societal apps that rely on participatory surveillance (i.e., voluntary release of individuals' sensitive data) to achieve a greater good. The project team conducts an empirical investigation on different national approaches to coronavirus tracing apps in terms of their technological and regulatory configurations as pioneer case for such societal apps. The results will support governments in their endeavors to successfully involve citizens with societal apps to address large-scale problems while informing societies about potential risks of failures and adverse consequences for groups of individuals and society as a whole.

Link: VolkswagenStiftung