Governments around the world have introduced technology to monitor and curb the spread of Covid-19. This project seeks to understand Americans’ attitudes toward such public health surveillance measures. We propose to extend our existing project that used online surveys to investigate support for specific digital surveillance policies, particularly exposure notification apps. Our research has found that the American public is largely unsupportive of digital surveillance measures, even as they are tepid about expanding traditional contact tracing. Grant funding will be used to conduct a three-wave panel survey that builds upon our existing research. We plan to supplement our survey research by conducting in-depth interviews with contact tracers, who can provide insights into the nature of public concerns regarding both digital and non-digital surveillance. We also plan to interview users of an exposure notification app that we have been recruited to pilot test and to use findings from these interviews to provide feedback on app design and messaging.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell Society of Fellows
Professor, Cornell University
PhD Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cyber Security Fellow and Lecturer, Yale Law School