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GOVERN  MENT AND CITIZENS Sarah H. J. Kim and Melissa H. S. Yoon

South Korea’s battle against COVID-19 has centred around the government swiftly delivering accurate information through various channels including emergency text alerts, government websites, televised press conferences by the South Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and mobile apps. This essay introduces the COVID-19 related mobile apps, analyses why these apps have been so popular in South Korea, and discusses their significance in reshaping the relationship between government and citizens in dealing with the virus. COVID-19 related apps in South Korea Several apps have been developed to help the public deal with COVID-19. These apps generally serve as a medium that distributes information about the disease and confirmed patients, and do not collect data from individuals. They first appeared in the market in early February 2020 and the number grew rapidly.1 These apps can be categorised by their providers and purposes. The three main providers are the government, the South Korean Medical Association, and private developers. Purposes include mask inventory apps, COVID-19 map apps, real-time status information apps, etc.

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