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Q&A: Citizen Health Innovators



"Citizen health innovators have skin and soul in the game, meaning they have the curiosity and courage to develop and share experiential knowledge about diseases. They dare to improve medical techniques and co-create solutions hand in hand with doctors and researchers.”
---Eleonore Pauwels

Q&A with Eleonore Pauwels


Citizen Health Innovators: The Wilson Center Explores Stories of Modern Health

Washington, DC – There is an increasing “participatory revolution” happening in biomedical research and healthcare, where citizens take their medical future into their own hands.

Research Round Up: Citizen Science at CSCW 2017

The annual ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW)—held this year from Febuary 25th to March 1st in Portland, Oregon—is a venue for presenting research on the technical, social, material, and theoretical challenges of designing technology to support collaborative work and life activities. Research on crowdsourcing and citizen science had a big presence at CSCW this year, with one workshop and at least five papers exploring this paradigm.

Scholarly Publication: Accounting for Privacy in Citizen Science

In citizen science, volunteers collect and share data with researchers, other volunteers, and the public at large. Data shared in citizen science includes information on volunteer location or other sensitive personal information; yet, volunteers do not typically express privacy concerns. This study uses the framework of contextual integrity to understand privacy accounting in the context of citizen science, by analyzing contextual variables including roles; information types; data flows and transmission principles; and, uses, norms, and values.

Future Frontiers for U.S. Federal Science and Technology Leadership

Global Mosquito Alert

The Need

 Zika Virus's first transmission event on US soil in 2016 magnified the need for a framework in disease-vector mosquito monitoring the United States, and the world, was vastly unprepared for.  Government run health organizations in cities and countries could not communicate or act as fast as a mosquito borne infection could spread and permanently alter a region.  An inability to properly monitor and coordinate surveillance by the government reveals a different and more expansive potential monitoring network -- the public.