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links for 2010-01-07

January 7, 2010

  • This article is kind of blah-de-blah. If you're reading my feed, you understand what the author is getting at. The really interesting thing is about halfway down in the article where it's noted that the Joint Commission (the hospital accreditation group) has recommended that hospital utilize social media as a means to conduct emergency communications. They've even got an account on Twitter (@JCommission)!
  • Interesting article from the always erudite Glenn Greenwald about the amount of information collected by intelligence agencies. Imagine what would happen if we lumped epidemiological data into that cauldron, what with all of the naturally occurring Category A agents cropping up from time to time.
  • @azquad6 hits one out of the park again. Great post, and he promises his next post will detail what your crisis comms team should look like. I'll be sure to pass that along as well.
    (tags: criss)
  • In the current EID, researchers in Chile find that a few people have caught H1N1 influenza twice in the same season. The EID paper, and Dr. Niman, surmise that re-infection took place because of incomplete immunologic response.
  • Thomas H. Kean and John Farmer Jr. were, respectively, the co-chairman and senior counsel of the 9/11 commission, and published this op-ed in today's New York Times. They make a great point about how trying to score political points and consolidate power is deflecting attention from the real need: to collect and share intelligence. I disagree with some of their proposed procedural fixes, but the intelligence sharing problem continues to this day.
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