Monday, June 17, 2019

Who Decides What Counts as "Medical Disinformation"?


Crisis thinking and communication tends to erode civil liberties as authoritarian governance and censorship are legitimized by the exigencies of crisis. I have demonstrated this argument that was outlined in political theory by Schmidt and Agamben (among others) in my book Crisis Communication, Liberal Democracy & Sustainability.

I have seen that the "social media crisis" produced by the participative web 2.0 environment is producing a backlash of demands for censorship.

We see this trend illustrated in the JAMA (a journal of american medicine) where authors demand cybersecurity techniques be deployed against medical "misinformation":
Eric Perakslis & Robert M. Califf, (2019, June). Employ Cybersecurity Techniques Against the Threat of Medical Misinformation. JAMA. Published online June 14, 2019. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.6857.

...Although it is clear that technology companies must increase their efforts to improve the rate at which truthful information is disseminated and revisit product strategies and algorithms that actively amplify misinformation, technology companies cannot solve this problem alone. Indeed, the misinformation driving current measles outbreaks in New York has not been spread primarily via the internet, but by the relatively low-tech means of paper flyers and telephone hotlines.
...Given the urgency of the threat to US and global health, it is time that the medical, scientific, regulatory, and law enforcement establishments weigh the merits of an active cyber response to the problem of medical misinformation.
So, now some experts are calling on policing medical information in the name of securing public health.

I am a scholar whose research has examined the social and environmental contributions to disease so I know that there is often no single and exhaustively "correct" information about disease, particularly multi-syndrome conditions, such as autism (see Nadesan, 2015 Constructing Autism). 

I am very concerned by, and opposed to, efforts to police medical information given the ethical and political complexities.

I fear that all those complexities and ethical commitments to free speech will be sacrificed on the alter of public health.

While transparency of sourcing needs improvement and audiences need to be educated to be more sophisticated readers and producers of knowledge, BRUTE CENSORSHIP is extraordinarily dangerous for the future of free speech.



12 comments:

  1. If they enforced medical information censorship, against critics of Flu Viruses, we are in trouble. There are so many types of flu viruses and substrains, i doubt it has much effect. Flu viruses mutate very rapidly as well.


    Flu Vaccine effectiveness in those under two years old and over 65 years old remains unknown due to the low quality of the research.[1][2]

    1. Osterholm, MT; Kelley, NS; Sommer, A; Belongia, EA (January 2012). "Efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccines: a systematic review and meta-analysis". The Lancet. Infectious Diseases. 12 (1): 36–44. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(11)70295-X. PMID 22032844.
    2 Demicheli, Vittorio; Jefferson, Tom; Di Pietrantonj, Carlo; Ferroni, Eliana; Thorning, Sarah; Thomas, Roger E.; Rivetti, Alessandro (February 1, 2018). "Vaccines for preventing influenza in the elderly". The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2: CD004876. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD004876.pub4. ISSN 1469-493X. PMID 29388197.

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    1. The Ultimate Fascist liar and traiter, Trump and his NSA DHS FDA DEA FBI police state, HAVE BEGUN A NATIONAL REIGN OF TERROR TO CRIMINALIZE KRATOM AND JAIL PEOPLE FOR IT'S USE

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  2. Nancy Pelosi lobbying for Trump's war with Iran.


    Nancy Pelosi
    @SpeakerPelosi
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    Americans must have no illusions about the Iranian regime and must remain committed to holding Iran accountable for its dangerous activities in the region. But we must be strong, smart and strategic – not reckless and rash – in how to proceed. (link: https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/61719-3/) speaker.gov/newsroom/61719

    The nuclear complexes in Iran are extremely hard to get at. Bolton, Pompeo, Abrams all lobbied to use small tactical Nukes against the complexes under George W Bush. Iran is well armed. Iran has a large experienced army.
    Iran is rich. Iran is mountainous, hard to attack. Iran has 80 million people. Many Educated.
    Trump has abrogated medium range missile treaties, to make smaller, tactical nuclear bombs. Where does one suppose those tactical nuclear bombs will go?

    Nancy Pelosi is on Trumps side against Iran, even though Trump can an ongoing war in Iran, to justify reelection and, be in power after 2020 as a power war president. A war president for 2020 like Bush was in 2004.

    Do not kid yurself. Pelosi ain't impeaching Trump, She is doing nothing to Trump . Trump will win again in 2020, if there is not a fullscale nuclead war before that

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    1. Sleight of Hand. Poisoned Land, Poisond Air, Poisoned Politics, Dead Virgin Forests, Poisoned Water

      Koch-Oil Big Lies and Ecocide Writ Large in Canada



      https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/06/18/koch-oil-big-lies-and-ecocide-writ-large-in-canada/?fbclid=IwAR0RNFCTT8yCX0WXdHcKeLehJoBhpDHoBQK4MyNCm460My7ESz5XSwEaBjw

      The source of political motivation for many a denialist and enenews couterintelligence opertives

      Koch Brothers Oil Sand Death Cult
      From Alberta To Kansas and then athe Gulf Coast

      From The refineries to Your Gas Tank
      Producing The most Filthy, High Particulate, and Toxic-Gasoline In the World while destroying a large part of Pristine parts of Canada in the Process.

      Is this any reason to trade-embargoe Iran. To start a war




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    2. Climate change
      Scientists shocked by Arctic permafrost thawing 70 years sooner than predicted
      Ice blocks frozen solid for thousands of years destabilized
      ‘The climate is now warmer than at any time in last 5,000 years’

      https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/18/arctic-permafrost-canada-science-climate-crisis

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    3. Arash Karami
      @thekarami
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      in response to unproven claim that Iran attacked a Japanese tanker in the Persian Gulf the US is going to bomb an Iranian nuclear facility. jpost.com/Middle-East/Ir…
      10:56 AM - 17 Jun 2019
      U.N. officials: U.S. planning a 'tactical assault' in Iran
      The military action under consideration would be an aerial bombardment of an Iranian facility linked to its nuclear program, the officials further claimed.
      The Jerusalem Post The Jerusalem Post @Jerusalem_Post
      Andrey Baklitskiy Andrey Baklitskiy
      @baklitskiy
      Jun 17
      Replying to @thekarami
      What could go wrong?
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      Arash Karami Arash Karami
      @thekarami
      Jun 17
      Replying to @baklitskiy
      it’ll be quick, no worries, little damage, just sending a message, that’s all
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      Arash Karami Arash Karami
      @thekarami
      Jun 17
      Replying to @thekarami
      this is a good time to ask US officials: what do you expect to achieve with military strikes on Iran? what if your goal is not achieved? what will happen if Iran responds? is this the first step toward war? how many casualties do you expect from this war? how much will it cost?
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      Enter a topic, @name, or fullname

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    4. Rounds of Severe Storms, Flash Flooding to Culminate w Tornado Threat in Central US

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-s0deSJx18

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  3. Since good food is essential for good health: Catastrophic Growing Seasons Worldwide - Grand Solar Minimum "Train-wreck"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nun7ftprv6I

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    1. THIS THING IS A COUNTERINTELLIGENCE TROLL. PROBABLY A STOCK SOCK PUPPET. WE STAND AT THE PRECIPICE OF OBLIVION AS THE POLES MELT. OLD ROTTEN REACTORS THAT TRUMP IS KEEPING OPEN, ARE ON THE VERGE OF FAILING. CLIMATE CHANGE WILL MAKE THEM FAIL . TRUMP IS DEREGULATING NUCLEAR REACTOR SUPERVISION. TRUMP IS PARKING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TONS OF MASSIVE DIRTY NUCLEAR BOMBS IN THE USA THINGS ARE GETTING WORSE. TRUMP IS IMPORTING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF HIGHLEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE FROM JAPAN, FRANCE, GERMANY AND RUSSIA. TRUMP IS CLASSIFYLING HILEVEL WASTE AS LOW LLEVEL SO IT CAN BE MIXED IN CONCRETE AND USED IN YOUR TOWN OR SHALLOW BURYED OVER YOUR AQUIFER TO BLOW UP CONTAMINATE EVERYTHIMG. 100S OF THOUSANDS OF TONS OF IT. . TFROM OTHER COUNTRIES. TRUMP IS DOING A FALSE FLAG AND AMASSING TROOPS IN THE PERSIAN GULF TO START A NUCLEAR WAR IN IRAN

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  4. why are the poles melting liar

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    1. The filthy counterintelligence trolls have to ply there lies AS CLIMATE CHANGE GETS WORSE, as the poles melt. They are the worst liars and propagandists. Hard-core psychopaths. THEY ARE FUNDED BY THE KOCH BROTHERS, who have blood sucked 150 billion dollars from us and mother earth. The KOCH BROTHERS AND MERCERS WHO PUT THIS MONSTER INTO POWER, DO NOT CARE IF REACTORS EXPLODE OR HIGH LEVEL RADIONUCLIDE POOLS AND CANNISTER CATCH FIRE. The Koch rothers , The Trump mosters, The Mercers do not care if there is a nuclear war!

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    2. Major earthquake by rotten-damaged nuclear reactor, in japan, that trumps buddy, abe reopened after it was closed. It was closed because of Fukushima and reopened by The Trump monsters insane, Lacky Abe.

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