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Publication: Which features are important when using a coronavirus app?

The coronavirus pandemic is also a driver for new ideas and technologies. In response to the crisis, many apps on the topic of coronavirus are being developed and published. However, this variety of apps can be confusing for potential users. How can apps contribute to fighting the pandemic? And which apps are trustworthy?

Based on an existing checklist, an interdisciplinary team of the Digital Society Initiative has developed an adapted proposal for the assessment of the trustworthiness of apps, which specifically considers epidemiological and legal aspects. This extended assessment grid should give interested users hints on which characteristics they should pay attention to when using a coronavirus app. The publication is publicly available here.