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Digital epidemiology and global health security; an interdisciplinary conversation

Eckmanns, Tim, Füller, Henning and Roberts, Stephen L. ORCID: 0000-0002-6628-6780 (2019) Digital epidemiology and global health security; an interdisciplinary conversation. Life Sciences, Society and Policy, 15 (1).

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Identification Number: 10.1186/s40504-019-0091-8


Contemporary infectious disease surveillance systems aim to employ the speed and scope of big data in an attempt to provide global health security. Both shifts - the perception of health problems through the framework of global health security and the corresponding technological approaches - imply epistemological changes, methodological ambivalences as well as manifold societal effects. Bringing current findings from social sciences and public health praxis into a dialogue, this conversation style contribution points out several broader implications of changing disease surveillance. The conversation covers epidemiological issues such as the shift from expert knowledge to algorithmic knowledge, the securitization of global health, and the construction of new kinds of threats. Those developments are detailed and discussed in their impacts for health provision in a broader sense.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2019 10:39
Last Modified: 22 May 2024 23:39

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