Understanding Knotted Tensions in Purveying Pandemic Public Monitoring Technologies

36 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2020

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Mohammad Moeini

Warwick Business School

Mareike Möhlmann

Bentley University

Jochem Thomas Hummel

Warwick Business School

Date Written: June 24, 2020


Pandemic public monitoring technologies (PPMT) could be an integral building block of pandemic management. Yet their development and operation warrants reconciling the privacy vs. pandemic containment trade-off, which poses serious challenges to PPMT purveyors. In this paper, we decompose this trade-off into a complex problem comprising 10 knotted logical tensions (i.e., contradictory poles). To do so, we identify these tensions via a dialectical interrogation of 30 articles on PPMT purveyance, and we explicate the possible rationale behind each pole of each tension by playing devil’s advocate. We discuss several avenues for future research, including conceiving PPMT as transactional digital commons.

Keywords: pandemic public monitoring technologies; COVID-19; tensions, healthcare technologies

JEL Classification: O32, O33, O38, I18

Suggested Citation

Moeini, Mohammad and Möhlmann, Mareike and Hummel, Jochem Thomas, Understanding Knotted Tensions in Purveying Pandemic Public Monitoring Technologies (June 24, 2020). NYU Stern School of Business, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3671458 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3671458

Mohammad Moeini (Contact Author)

Warwick Business School ( email )

University of Warwick
Coventry, West Midlands CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Mareike Möhlmann

Bentley University ( email )

175 Forest Street
Waltham, MA MA 02452
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.mareikemoehlmann.com/

Jochem Thomas Hummel

Warwick Business School ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

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