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Regulating the CloudPolicy for Computing Infrastructure$
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Christopher S. Yoo and Jean-Francois Blanchette

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029407

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029407.001.0001

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Bodies in the Cloud: A Geography of Electronic Health Data

Bodies in the Cloud: A Geography of Electronic Health Data

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(p.257) 9 Bodies in the Cloud: A Geography of Electronic Health Data
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Regulating the Cloud
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Nicholas Bauch

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029407.003.0009

This chapter takes a geographical perspective on a medical biotechnology known as Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN). WBANs generate, transmit, store, and retrieve information about the biological functioning of patients from any location, allowing doctors to watch their symptoms from computer screens at different locations. The chapter asks what happens to the body when millions of data points are collected from it, and are stored in data center facilities that are increasingly altering urban and rural landscapes. The chapter builds from an ontology based in object relations (e.g. bodies and material, digital information) to propose a different ontology based in extensibility. The political project is potentially vast. When data centers and the landscapes in which they are situated become pieces of the body itself, they must be given greater care and protection by the law.

Keywords:   health data, extensible space, data center, object relations, biotechnology, materiality

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