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In Search of Lost Time on YouTube

Summer 2019Laurence Scott on how the platform takes us to places where we ache to go again

How Facebook Deforms Us

Summer/Fall 2018L. M. Sacasas on the too-savvy idea that strengthening our social fabric can fix the platform that’s destroying it

A Different Kind of Scientific Revolution

August 15, 2016Barbara A. Spellman on the role of technological and demographic changes

The Politics of Digital Shaming

Spring 2015Rita Koganzon on Internet mobs and their outrage at everyday speech

The Imperfectionist

Winter/Spring 2013Christine Rosen on Evgeny Morozov’s case against digital salvation

Friendship Does Not Compute

Spring 2012Peter Lopatin on the pathologies that arise from digital relationships

The Folly of Internet Freedom

The Mistake of Talking About the Internet as a Human Right

Summer 2011Eric R. Sterner

The Trouble with Cyber Arms Control

Fall 2010Christopher A. Ford on why we should be wary of Russian and Chinese proposals

Shoot First, Get Copyright Later

Summer 2010

A ‘Third Way,’ Or a Bridge to Nowhere?

The FCC’s Difficult Path Toward Net Neutrality

August 30, 2010



Blog Posts

Google Health and Your Health

May 20, 2008

Google Health logoThis week, Google unveiled Google Health, its long-awaited portal for storing patient medical records. This is another promising development in the long, slow movement to better use of information technology (IT) in health care. As matters stand, most patient records are stored on paper and housed inaccessibly in physicians’ offices, despite the revolution in IT which has transformed most other sectors of the American economy (see my New Atlantis article “The Clipboard of the Future” for more on the health IT conundrum).

The new Google portal is free to users. Data must be entered into the system by participating medical providers or the patients themselves. So far, Google has signed up a handful of high-profile participating providers, including the highly respected Cleveland Clinic. Patients getting care with these providers can have their medical information automatically uploaded into their Google Health account. But, most physicians and hospitals do not yet have the ability to easily place patient data onto the Internet, so Google Health users will have to rely on themselves to keep their patient information complete and up-to-date.

Microsoft Health Vault logoGoogle’s new health venture will compete directly with Microsoft’s Health Vault, launched in 2007. Both companies have invested heavily in privacy protection to give users confidence that their online patient records are secure.