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Crowdsourced HealthHow What You Do on the Internet Will Improve Medicine$
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Elad Yom-Tov

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034500

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034500.001.0001

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Our Data, Ourselves

Our Data, Ourselves

(p.11) 1 Our Data, Ourselves
Crowdsourced Health

Elad Yom-Tov

The MIT Press

The vast majority of people in developed countries use the internet on a daily basis. While doing so they create a digital trail referred to as “Internet data”. These data can be used to learn about people’s activities in the physical world, but they pose a risk to privacy of individuals and create ethical challenges that require careful consideration. Areas where these data are advantageous for medical research include where more sensitive sensors are required, when the activity of interest takes place mostly online, and when people find it difficult to report on their condition.

Keywords:   Ethics, Internet, Internet data, Influenza

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