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Title: Democratic Values, Collective Security, and Privacy: Taiwan People’s Response to COVID-19
Authors: 楊婉瑩
Yang, Wan-Ying
Tsai, Chia-hung
Contributors: 政治系
Date: 2020-01
Issue Date: 2021-06-16 14:55:18 (UTC+8)
Abstract: In the pandemic crisis, many governments implemented harsh interventions that might contradict democratic values and civil liberties. In Taiwan, the debate over whether or not to reveal personal information of infected persons to limit the coronavirus’s spread poses the democratic dilemma between public health and civil liberties. This study examines whether and explains how Taiwan’s people respond to the choice between individual privacy and collective security. We used survey data gathered in May 2020 to show that, first, the democratic values did not deter the pursuit of collective safety at the cost of civil liberty; rather, people with higher social trust were more likely to give up their civil liberties in exchange for public safety. Second, people who support democratic values and pursue collective security tend to avoid violating privacy by opposing the release of personal information. This study proves that democratic values do not necessarily threaten collective safety and that the pursuit of common good can co-exist with personal privacy.
Relation: Asian Journal for Public Opinion Research, Vol.8, No.3, pp.222-245
Data Type: article
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