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Biosocial Networks

My colleague Jake Dunagan and I are going to be contributing occasional pieces to Fast company's new Co Exist site. My first piece, on Biosocial Networks, is up here.

Here's the intro:

Fertility Treatments and Cosmetic Traits

On the heels of the public controversy over a mother of six using fertility treatments to have octuplets, comes a story from the Wall Street Journal that highlights the “ethical gray zones” brought about through fertility treatments.

Biocitizens and Advertizing

A recent piece in the NYT BITS blog has some interesting ramifications for our forecasts on biosocial identities and affinities. It discusses a set of “compromises” reached by the Network Advertising Initiative, an advertising trade association.

The lists of restrictions and red-flag categories represented here is about as culturally loaded as you can get, but what drew my attention was the way that biological identities, biological affinities, online collective organization were called out as particularly tricky areas of “behavioral correlation.”

Biocitizens, Advertizing, and the Virtual Dead

A recent piece in the NYT BITS blog has some interesting ramifications for our forecasts on biosocial identities and affinities. It discusses a set of “compromises” reached by the Network Advertising Initiative, an advertising trade association.

The lists of restrictions and red-flag categories represented here is about as culturally loaded as you can get, but what drew my attention was the way that biological identities, biological affinities, online collective organization were called out as particularly tricky areas of “behavioral correlation.”

Another entry into the online health search engine/social networking platform space

iMedix bills itself as a new way to find and share health information. Its home page features quotes from various media sources proclaiming its greatness, including this one from the New York Times: "iMedix could revolutionize the way people take care of themselves."

Biocitizens and Medical Research

Yesterday's Wall Street Journal article on the "Informed Patient" echoes some of the themes discussed at our recent conference.

Spring Conference: New Media Technologies & the Biocitizen

The Health Horizons Spring Conference is May 23-24 at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, CA!


New Media Technologies & the Biocitizen

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