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Pandemic Platform Governance:
Mapping the Global Ecosystem of COVID-19 Response Apps

🗂Mobile Apps to Fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic This article provides a comprehensive mapping of the global ecosystem of COVID-19 pandemic response apps. After considering policy updates by Google Play’s and Apple’s App Store, we analyse all the available response apps in July 2020; their different response types; the apps’ developers and geographical distribution; the ecosystem’s ‘generativity’ and developers’ responsiveness during the unfolding pandemic; the apps’ discursive positioning; and material conditions of their development. Google and Apple are gatekeepers of these app ecosystems and exercise control on different layers, shaping the pandemic app response as well as the relationships between governments, citizens, and other actors. We suggest that this global ecosystem of pandemic responses reflects an exceptional mode of what we call pandemic platform governance, where platforms have negotiated their commercial interests and the public interest in exceptional circumstances.


📋Cite (APA) Dieter, M. J., Gerlitz, C., Helmond, A., Tkacz, N. van der Vlist, F. N., & Weltevrede, E. J. T. (2019). Pandemic Platform Governance: Mapping the Global Ecosystem of COVID-19 Response Apps. Internet Policy Review – Journal on Internet Regulation, 10(3). Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. DOI: 10.14763/2021.3.1568.
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Kind Research Article
Author M. J. Dieter; A. Helmond; N. Tkacz; F. N. van der Vlist; E. J. T. Weltevrede
Publication Date 2021, August 6 [first published online]; 2021, August 6 [issue published online]
Journal Internet Policy Review – Journal on Internet Regulation
Volume 10
Issue 3
Publisher Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (Berlin, Germany)
Identifier 10.14763/2021.3.1568 [self]; 2197-6775 [part of]; ES/V004905/1 [funded by]; 275-45-009 [funded by]; 262513311 [funded by]; VI.Veni.191C.048 [funded by]
License CC BY 3.0

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