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The Challenges of Contact Tracing as U.S. Battles COVID-19


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Primary researchers

Colleen McClain, Research Associate Lee Rainie, Director, Internet and Technology Research

Research team

Monica Anderson, Associate Director of Research Brooke Auxier, Research Associate Andrew Perrin, Research Analyst Emily Vogels, Research Associate

Editorial and graphic design

Margaret Porteus, Information Graphics Designer David Kent, Senior Copy Editor

Communications and web publishing

Haley Nolan, Communications Associate Kelsey Beveridge, Communications Associate Reem Nadeem, Associate Digital Producer

In addition, the project benefited greatly from the guidance of several experts directly involved in contact tracing programs: Beth Noveck, director of the Governance Lab (GovLab) and Chief Innovation Officer of New Jersey, and Esther Dyson, chairman of EDventure Holdings. In addition, we profited from the expertise and advice of the leadership of the Pew Research Center science team – Cary Funk, Director of Research, and Alec Tyson, Associate Director of Research – and from the guidance of Pew Research Center’s methodology team, including Andrew Mercer and Nick Bertoni.

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