Ethics, public health and technology responses to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has infected millions around the world. Governments initially responded by requiring businesses to close and citizens to self-isolate, as well as funding vaccine research and implementing a range of technologies to monitor and limit the spread of the disease. This article consi...

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Published in:Bioethics
Authors: Miller, Seumas 1953- ; Smith, Marcus
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Wiley-Blackwell [2021]
In: Bioethics
Year: 2021, Volume: 35, Issue: 4, Pages: 366-371
RelBib Classification:NCH Medical ethics
ZG Media studies; Digital media; Communication studies
Further subjects:B Privacy
B Public Health
B Coronavirus
B Covid-19
B Surveillance
B Technology
B Collective Responsibility
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Summary:The COVID-19 pandemic has infected millions around the world. Governments initially responded by requiring businesses to close and citizens to self-isolate, as well as funding vaccine research and implementing a range of technologies to monitor and limit the spread of the disease. This article considers the use of smartphone metadata and Bluetooth applications for public health surveillance purposes in relation to COVID-19. It undertakes ethical analysis of these measures, particularly in relation to collective moral responsibility, considering whether citizens ought, or should be compelled, to comply with government measures.
ISSN:1467-8519
Contains:Enthalten in: Bioethics
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1111/bioe.12856