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The Promises and Perils of Using Collective Data to Monitor COVID-19

In a state of public health emergency, such as the one brought on by COVID-19, different countries have invoked extra powers to help mitigate the public health threat. These special powers would under normal circumstances be considered infringements on our liberty and privacy. A recent Wired article addressed that big tech companies like Google and Facebook are having discussions with the White House to share collective data on people’s movement during the current pandemic. For example, using phone location data or private social media posts to help track whether people are remaining at home and keeping a safe distance to stem the outbreak, and to measure the effectiveness of calls for social distancing. Continue reading

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Should we trust giant tech companies and entrepreneurs with reading our brains?

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series By Laura Cabrera, PhD The search for a brain device capable of capturing recordings from thousands of neurons has been a primary goal of the government-sponsored BRAIN initiative. … Continue reading

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Worried about your privacy? Your genome isn’t the biggest threat.

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series By Tom Tomlinson, PhD It was good news to learn last month that the “Golden State Killer” had at last been identified and apprehended. A very evil man gets … Continue reading

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