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Sick Weather Ahead: On Data-Mining, Crowd-Sourcing and White Noise

Carlo Caduff

Keywords: data; epidemics; epidemiology; epistemology; events; information; media; surveillance

Abstract

The main concern of this article is with the ways in which technologies of data-mining and crowd-sourcing have made it possible for citizens to contribute to the expansion of infectious disease surveillance as both a concrete practice and a compelling fantasy. But I am less interested in participation as such, and more concerned with the epistemological effects that this technological mediation might have for the possibility of epidemic events to become shared objects of knowledge. What happens with epidemic events when they become targets of data-mining and crowd-sourcing technologies?

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