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SICK SURVEILLANCE: GOOGLE REPORTS FLU SEARCHES, LOCATIONS TO FEDS
Tue Nov 11 2008 15:34:50 ET

GOOGLE will launch a new tool that will help federal officials "track sickness".

"Flu Trends" uses search terms that people put into the web giant to figure out where influenza is heating up, and will notify the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in real time!

GOOGLE, continuing to work closely with government, claims it would keep individual user data confidential: "GOOGLE FLU TRENDS can never be used to identify individual users because we rely on anonymized, aggregated counts of how often certain search queries occur each week."

Engineers will capture keywords and phrases related to the flu, including thermometer, flu symptoms, muscle aches, chest congestion and others.

Dr. Lyn Finelli, chief of influenza surveillance at CDC: "One thing we found last year when we validated this model is it tended to predict surveillance data. The data are really, really timely. They were able to tell us on a day-to-day basis the relative direction of flu activity for a given area. They were about a week ahead of us. They could be used... as early warning signal for flu activity."

Thomas Malone, professor at M.I.T.: "I think we are just scratching the surface of what's possible with collective intelligence."

Eric Schmidt, GOOGLE's chief executive vows: "From a technological perspective, it is the beginning."
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    Re: SICK SURVEILLANCE: GOOGLE REPORTS FLU SEARCHES, LOCATIONS TO FEDS
    « Reply #1 on: November 11, 2008, 08:32:44 pm »
    Hmmm... that would explain why a bunch of federal agents showed up at my house after I did a google search for "nuclear holocaust terrorist anthrax al queda carbomb ammonium nitrate shoebomb plauge brittney spears rocks iran paris hilton sex video with afghani goats mayonaise"

     

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    « Reply #2 on: November 11, 2008, 08:44:59 pm »
    Correia?  How you doin' buddy?  Things OK?  I believe you should have taken the red pill instead of the white one........ ;D
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    Re: SICK SURVEILLANCE: GOOGLE REPORTS FLU SEARCHES, LOCATIONS TO FEDS
    « Reply #3 on: November 11, 2008, 09:04:11 pm »
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    Thomas Malone, professor at M.I.T.: "I think we are just scratching the surface of what's possible with collective intelligence."

    Eric Schmidt, GOOGLE's chief executive vows: "From a technological perspective, it is the beginning."

    Fourth Realm, anybody?

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    « Reply #4 on: November 11, 2008, 09:05:32 pm »
    Oh, so THATS why the feds were at Correia's. :neener
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    « Reply #5 on: November 11, 2008, 10:31:38 pm »
    Did he really just say "Afghani Goat Mayonaise"?  Is that some freaky islamic 2 afganis, 1 goat thing?  Cause it aint on YouTube yet.

    Actually I think this reporting system is pretty dang cool.  With the CDC getting realtime data, they can track epidemiology much quicker, and accurately. 

    Perfect for when the zombie virus gets lose.  They can show us where the targets are.
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    Re: SICK SURVEILLANCE: GOOGLE REPORTS FLU SEARCHES, LOCATIONS TO FEDS
    « Reply #6 on: November 12, 2008, 01:00:11 am »
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    GOOGLE, continuing to work closely with government, claims it would keep individual user data confidential.

    There's a new oxymoron in town.

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    Thomas Malone, professor at M.I.T.: "I think we are just scratching the surface of what's possible with collective intelligence."

    Ain't that the truth...

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    Eric Schmidt, GOOGLE's chief executive vows: "From a technological perspective, it is the beginning."


    You have been warned.

    Seriously, real time epidemiology is a fantastic thing if it leads to effective disease fighting. I have to wonder what other uses various public officials and private busybodies will find for the techniques that they're pioneering. In any event, I suppose that the genie is out of the bottle.
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    « Reply #7 on: November 12, 2008, 01:06:08 am »
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    Perfect for when the zombie virus gets lose. 

    And just think how "nice" it would be to throw a "red herring" across the trail with just one or two bots doing selected searches.   :o
     
    Think about it. Call someone you hate and get their TCP/IP address, plug it into a "bot" and watch the feds swarm all over his house.

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    « Reply #8 on: November 12, 2008, 01:21:44 pm »
    To be honest I dont like this one bit.
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    Re: SICK SURVEILLANCE: GOOGLE REPORTS FLU SEARCHES, LOCATIONS TO FEDS
    « Reply #9 on: November 13, 2008, 09:38:38 pm »
    Yeah.  I'd really rather just get the flu. 

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    « Reply #10 on: November 13, 2008, 11:03:29 pm »
    Can't wait until Google starts feeding ammo search activity to Obama's ATF...

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    « Reply #11 on: November 13, 2008, 11:41:48 pm »
    They probably already started saving data, just in case "The One" needs it, to "pacify the masses".

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