Links for 2009 04 27

  • Google Flu Trends | How does this work?
    Simply based on what people search in Google, Google is able to estimate flu activity up to two weeks faster than traditional flu surveillance systems.

  • Swine flu: Twitter’s power to misinform | Net Effect
    I think it’s only a matter of time before that the next generation of cyber-terrorists – those who are smart about social media, are familiar with modern information flows, and are knowledgeable about human networks – take advantage of the escalating fears over the next epidemic and pollute the networked public sphere with scares that would essentially paralyze the global economy. Often, such tactics would bring much more destruction than the much-feared cyberwar and attacks on physical – rather than human – networks.

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