Big Tech needs to take the Technocratic Oath to Do No Harm

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our everyday life, from how we work and interact to how we think about health data privacy in the increasingly digitized world of sensors, wearables, and machine learning. While the healthcare sector has continued to garner massive business interest in the last several years, the business of healthcare data is a relatively unpaved path. In the COVID-19 era, telehealth/telemedicine adoption has skyrocketed. The consulting firm McKinsey estimates that up to $250 billion of the country’s current health care spending could be done virtually, considering patients’ embrace of telehealth rose from 11% in…


Reflections on the promise of life beyond a border

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I want to remember every detail about that day — the physical surroundings, the weather, our companions, and above all, everything about my late mother — but I can’t. All I remember is that she was holding me by the hand while my baby brother was snuggled inside her chupa, a traditional Tibetan dress. I was eight years old, and we were about to cross into Nepal.


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In the name of free speech, can we misinform and deny someone’s right to a healthy life? Does an individual’s freedom of choice supersede the collective benefit?

On March 5th, Ethan Lindenberger, a teen from Ohio testified in front of Congress to talk about his decision to get vaccinated, defying his anti-vaxx mother. Ethan is now immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases such as hepatitis, polio, measles, mumps, and chickenpox.

In his testimony, Ethan named Facebook as the primary source of injecting, anti-vaccine sentiments in his mother, despite his repeated attempts to point out the research-based evidence — debunking any causal association…


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How a story of a minority among minority is a global concern

I think I am speaking for the majority of Tibetans — or at least to me when I say that March 10 of every year, brings me a generational pain — a pain of my grandfather who starved to death in a prison for being a Tibetan, a pain of my mother who was looted of all her property and was forced to beg for food, and my own story of family separation. I think there’s not a single Tibetan family who does not share a story like mine or even worse.

On March 10,1959, thousands of Tibetans took to…


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Democrat presidential candidates and their Medicare for all proposals

Medicare for all is no longer an absurd campaign slogan. In fact, many mainstream media outlets are calling it a “2020 litmus test for Democrats.” This time, Bernie Sanders has company. Several high profile Democrats who announced their candidacy for the 2020 presidential race have now joined the bandwagon.

In fact, many mainstream media outlets are calling it a “2020 litmus test for Democrats.”

But the million-dollar question is: what exactly is “Medicare for all” —to our presidential candidates?

Democratic 2020 candidates like Senator Elizabeth Warren(D-MA), Corey Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are courting “Medicare for…


An incubator for socio-political echo chambers

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With the exception of the air we breathe, everything we are wearing, holding, consuming, or using, is marketed on social media — even your perception of your surroundings. In our attempt to connect with the world using social media, we forget to connect within and to our community. While the role of social media is undeniable in revolutionizing the communication platform, making it more accessible, faster, and easy to use; the price we are paying for those comforts extends far beyond its said purpose.

Social media has become almost an intrinsic part of life amongst millennials. According to Pew Research…

Rinzin

Policy Analyst — Health Informatics. Opinions are mine, not employer’s.

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