Many countries consider introducing tracking apps as a means of helping our society return to normal. These apps, which have already been used in for example South Korea, would keep users informed about contact with persons infected with Covid-19. The potential is great, but so are the questions surrounding it. How are public values like privacy and fairness safeguarded? What if companies like Apple and Google control these data? And what does using or not using the app say about solidarity and voluntariness? In the fight against corona this discussion is more pertinent than ever.
Dr. Marjolein Lanzing studies ethical concerns related to new technologies, in particular regarding privacy, autonomy, vulnerability and commodification. She currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. Her research focus is on the Googlization of Health; she examines the large-scale interest that private, commercial tech enterprises have taken in our health.
In 2019 Lanzing defended her PhD thesis ‘The Transparent Self’ at the 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology (TU/e), in which she addresses the drawbacks of the digital era. She is also a board member of Bits of Freedom, an NGO that advocates for online freedom and (digital) civil rights.
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