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Covid-19 Tracing Apps

Covid-19 Tracing Apps

In the project "Developing the Socio-Technical Architecture Method to Inform Policy Choices in the Shaping of COVID-19 Digital Infrastructure", funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, the HBI is working together with project partners from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Hamburg and the Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University in Israel. In this project, the institute examines the complex socio-technical digital infrastructures that are currently being developed (not only in Germany) in the course of combating the Corona crisis focusing on tracking and tracing apps such as the German Corona warning app.

The project aims to develop an analytical framework to support policy makers in understanding the impact of individual design decisions on the impact of the whole infrastructure, and thus to make informed and targeted decisions and identify barriers to effectiveness.
To this end, different COVID-19 tracking apps developed in Germany and Israel, along with their embedding in the surrounding infrastructure, will be examined and compared to understand the resulting implications from different design decisions. In the end, this should result in a more generalised understanding that supports the assessment of the impact of policy decisions related to technologies during crises and beyond, including the impact on human rights.

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Project Description

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Project Information


Duration: 2021-2022

Research programme:
RP2 - Regulatory Structures and the Emergence of Rules in Digital Communication

Third party


Cooperation Partner

Prof. Dr. Tilo Böhmann (Universität Hamburg)

Prof, Dr. Niva Elkin-Koren (Universität Tel Aviv)

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz
Director (Chairperson)

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung │ Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

Tel. +49 (0)40 45 02 17 0 (Sekretariat)

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