Beyond Orwell: Coming Soon, to a Pharmacy Near You

New York Times health and science writer Pam Belluck, covering the FDA’s approval of the nation’s first digital drug, Abilify MyCite, used the phrase “Biomedial Big Brother” to place worries about potential implications associated with the drug’s authorization.  Orwell’s metaphor invokes the image of a grand, omnipotent government force with knowledge so expansive even the […]

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After Equifax Breach, NY Aims at Reforms for “Digital” People

In the 1970s, the American government and private businesses began to collect information about people at unprecedented levels. Private sector business involvement with data collection was led primarily by credit bureaus, insurance companies, and private investigative enterprises. These groups, whose viability depends on collected data—on knowing whether making an “investment” in a person is worthwhile—propelled […]

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