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AS A CRISIS RESPONSE Naomi Appelman, Jill Toh, Ronan Ă“ Fathaigh, and Joris van Hoboken

The COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s containment response so far has resulted in a strengthening of existing techno-optimism and trust in experts in the Netherlands. Technology was already an integral part of government, in citizen-facing agencies and internally. Now, however, existing technologies are being repurposed and public– private partnerships are scrambling to develop the app with experts as final arbiters, and civil society, even though robust, fuelling the debates from the sidelines. In this crisis, experts seem to have primacy in charting the course, and technology is seen as the way to implement the measures. In the following, we will illustrate this in the areas of communication, health, policing, and contact tracing. Communication The use of communication technology has undergone a major transition in the Netherlands as a result of COVID-19 containment measures. This has included hundreds of thousands of employees working from home, and education moving online. There has been a debate over the communication platforms that are being used, with some universities banning the use of certain platforms such as Zoom over privacy concerns.1 There has also been

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