GVPT graduate student Alauna Safarpour recently co-authored an article in The Washington Post on Americans' willingness to use technology apps to track the spread of COVID-19. According to Safarpour and co-authors Craig Timberg and Drew Harwell, many Americans' inability or unwillingness to use such an app presents a challenge for tech companies and policymakers hoping to leverage technology to track the spread of coronavirus infections.

Safarpour is currently serving as a Public Opinion Polling Fellow at The Washington Post. "I am incredibly thankful for the University of Maryland's Department of Government and Politics and The Washington Post for supporting this fellowship," Safarpour said. "It is a privilege to work with the excellent polling team and reporters at The Post. This opportunity is a great example of how UMD goes above and beyond preparing students for successful careers once they graduate."

Read the full article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/04/29/most-americans-are-not-willing-or-able-use-an-app-tracking-coronavirus-infections-thats-problem-big-techs-plan-slow-pandemic/