The Science of Virus Tracker
This app was developed by researchers at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech with support from the National Institutes of Health. As players compete to earn the high scores and badges, they’re exposed to the basic science of how diseases spread: evolving viruses, mass vaccinations, and increasing rates of infection through contact with the people around them. Virus Tracker also gives you the power to inspire real-life research! General information from your game is shared with actual scientists. This data can inform research ranging from how diseases spread to how games enhance science education.
Data Collection and Transmission
The Virus Tracker app is part of an ongoing research effort. By downloading and using the app, players are giving consent for their game playing information to be used in this research. No personally identifying information is collected by, or through, the app. Players must provide a screen name and password in order to register for the game. Screen names are stored on the game servers, though passwords are not stored. Players may optionally provide their age range, gender and Zip Code, which can be used to help in the research utilizing the game data. Pending players’ permission, the location and time of their interactions with the system and with other players in the game may be collected. Permission to collect location data is not a prerequisite for playing the game. All interactions with the game servers are conducted via HTTPS.
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- BIOINFORMATICS INSTITUTE
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