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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2017: Year of the NYS Con-Con

This upcoming election day, New York State voters will be presented the option of convening a constitutional convention (affectionately, a “con-con”) with the end-goal of amending parts of the state’s constitution. Rooted in a 19th Century addition to the state’s highest law—whose implementation in 1777 predates the ratification of the United States Constitution by 12 […]

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