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Everyone knows that people commonly use the internet for health information. “Commonly” means almost half (45.6%) of adults over 18 who were interviewed by the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) during the first 9 months of 2009. The estimate is made from household interviews of a national sample of adults who don’t live in institutions,…

A scientific ethics of code

I’m a scientist and my research is supported by NIH, i.e., by American taxpayers. More importantly, the science I do is for anyone to use. I claim no proprietary rights. That’s what science is all about. We make our computer code publicly available, not just by request, but posted on the internet, and it is…

We’re communicating through the marvel of the internet, you and I. Obama figured out how to use it to advantage and McCain didn’t. Maybe it’s a generational thing. At any rate, at this moment in history, any party that doesn’t learn from history is bound to be history. Any Party like the Republican Party. Their…

I spend a lot of time at a computer keyboard typing about biological viruses like influenza A, but computer networks are also subject to self-reproducing parasites of one kind or another and we continue to have a layperson’s fascination with those organisms, too. I say “organisms” because try as I might, I can’t figuĀ®e out…

Creepy 1981 story about online newspapers

I like newspapers and we subscribe to two dailies at our house. But in truth I find myself reading the news online, not in dead tree form. We all know the newspaper business is in big trouble. Which is why there is something just a little creepy about this 1981 news story on San Francisco…

Whenever you read about some high profile drug company trial where the smoking gun is some incriminating email, do you shake your head and wonder, “How could they have written that in an email?” There are two ways for a drug company to protect itself from being nailed by these kinds of emails. The best…

Sunlight is the best disinfectant

Many of us supported Barack Obama during the Presidential campaign, not because we agreed with all of his positions but we agreed with many of them that were crucial. We also saw no morally viable alternative. We hope to be able to continue our support, but it will always be offered in a constructive and…

John Conyers (D., Michigan) is a liberal Democrat. As head of the Judiciary Committee he has always carried water for the IP crowd. He’s at it again. And he isn’t alone. When it comes to paying off campaign contributers this is a non-partisant issue:

Your rights: long may they waive

This both made me laugh and made me mad. Corey Doctorow over at Boingboing relates how he was contacted by a new online service to write a letter of recommendation for a former student applying to graduate school. Using a web-based interface the same letter could be submitted to multiple universities. Good idea. Like a…

As an (unplanned) follow-up to today’s morning post about public health use of the internet we have tonight’s event in Second Life, a chance to meet and chat with wiki partner DemFromCT: