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Sociology, Social Policy and CriminologyPart of Economic, Social and Political Science

Research project: Understanding public resistance in using COVID-19 digital contact tracing app: an interdisciplinary analysis

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This research has been funded by the WSI Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund 2020, University of Southampton.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital contact tracing has been developed and promoted in many countries as a valuable tool to help the fight against the virus, allowing health authorities to react quickly and limit contagion. Very often, however, these tracing apps have been facing public resistance, making their use relatively sparse and ineffective. Our study, which relies on an interdisciplinary approach bringing together criminological and computational expertise, unpacks this issue by looking at key social dynamics at the basis of people resistance in using the NHS contact tracing app in England and Wales.

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