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Participatory Design to build better contact-and proximity-tracing apps

Gupta, Abhishek and De Gasperis, Tania (2020) Participatory Design to build better contact-and proximity-tracing apps. arXiv preprint arXiv:2006.00432.

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With the push for contact- and proximity-tracing solutions as a means to manage the spread of the pandemic, there is a distrust between the citizens and authorities that are deploying these solutions. The efficacy of the solutions relies on meeting a minimum uptake threshold which is hitting a barrier because of a lack of trust and transparency in how these solutions are being developed. We propose participatory design as a mechanism to evoke trust and explore how it might be applied to co-create technological solutions that not only meet the needs of the users better but also expand their reach to underserved and high-risk communities. We also highlight the role of the bazaar model of development and complement that with quantitative and qualitative metrics for evaluating the solutions and convincing policymakers and other stakeholders in the value of this approach with empirical evidence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: participatory design, contact tracing, proximity tracing, trust, transparency
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Research Labs > sLAB (Strategic Innovation Lab)
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2020 15:06
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2021 08:47
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3090

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