Smart technologies for fighting Pandemics: The techno- and human- driven approaches in controlling the virus transmission

Kummitha, R.K.R., (2020). Smart technologies for fighting pandemics: the role of techno and human driven approaches in controlling virus transmission, Government Information Quarterly

42 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2020

Date Written: April 16, 2020

Abstract

How do governments in China and Western democracies differ in their technological response to control the transmission of the pandemic? Based on an analysis of academic papers, World Health Organization reports and newspapers, this research compares two opposing approaches, whereas the Chinese cities and government have adopted a techno-driven approach, Western governments have adopted a human-driven approach to control the transmission of Covid-19. The findings highlight that although the techno driven approach may be more productive to identify, isolate and quarantine infected individuals, it also results in the suppression and censoring the citizen views. It is further emphasized that human interaction with the technology is mediated by the political and institutional context in which the technologies are implemented. This paper contributes to literature by understanding the human-technology relationship, and offers five practical observations for controlling virus transmissions during pandemics.

Keywords: Covid-19, smart technologies, smart cities, techno-driven; human-driven; pandemic; privacy.

JEL Classification: Covid; technology

Suggested Citation

KUMMITHA, RAMA KRISHNA REDDY, Smart technologies for fighting Pandemics: The techno- and human- driven approaches in controlling the virus transmission (April 16, 2020). Kummitha, R.K.R., (2020). Smart technologies for fighting pandemics: the role of techno and human driven approaches in controlling virus transmission, Government Information Quarterly, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3578108

RAMA KRISHNA REDDY KUMMITHA (Contact Author)

Northumbria University ( email )

Newcastle Upon Tyne
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8ST
United Kingdom

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