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How COVID-19 caused a Digital Health Shift

Jul 14, 2020 - 3 mins read

It’s clear by now that COVID-19 has impacted our world in a serious way. Without warning, the world had to abandon their normal lives and shelter in place. The closure of society as we knew it brought a barrier to accessing in-person health services. Without preparation, everyone had to shift to a digital world that may not have been prepared for it. 

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Cyber Mindfulness in an Age of Convenience Clicking

Jul 10, 2020 - 4 mins read

In this age of digitization, cyber mindfulness has become increasingly important. More and more people fall victim to convenience clicking, accepting terms and conditions on websites simply because the consumer demands to have the service delivered to them instantaneously. We as a society have become accustomed to this sort of behavior in areas like online shopping for example we can order any given product online and it will arrive the next day. Internet users make over 2 trillion Google searches per year, or approximately 63,000 every second. Although we have the power at our fingertips to access near-endless amounts of data and information, we should simultaneously consider the sacrifice (in terms of data) we make to conveniently access these.

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DNA Testing and Your Privacy

Jul 6, 2020 - 2 mins read

Over the last few decades, research advances have made it possible for individuals to gain access to data related to their genetic material. Many companies, including Bowhead, have ventured into the direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing market. Is your genetic material really safe?

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Cyber Mindfulness and Power Dynamics

Jul 2, 2020 - 2 mins read

Does this sound familiar? You download a new app on your mobile device, you’re eager to use it. A screen pops up that requires you to click “I Agree”. Without even opening the Terms of Service, you quickly agree and proceed to use the service. By clicking “I Agree”, you are binding yourself to those terms. What does this mean?

Many people don’t realize that by clicking “I Agree”, you are signing a legal contract which the company can then enforce against you. In law, it is no excuse to say that you didn’t read the contract because by clicking “I Agree”, you are explicitly saying that you did read the contract. 

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How Health Data Laws are failing to Protect your Private Health Data

Jun 29, 2020 - 8 mins read

Health records are some of the most intimate data a person has. They are personal, invasive, and often uncomfortable. These data contain information that can be used against you in many ways - you can be embarrassed, discriminated against, or even blackmailed private health data fall into the wrong hands. We need to trust that these records are being vigorously protected by those who control them. We as patients have a right to decide when, how, and to who our personal health records are disclosed. 

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There is No Emergency in a Pandemic

Apr 14, 2020 - 6 mins read

Why do we need to learn from past pandemics?

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