January 19, 2009

When law meets technology, and you can help

I’ve been arguing passionately for years that technologists and policy-makers need to work together on ensuring information systems meet life-and-death needs without compromising essential liberties.*  This is obviously a tall order, and last night something struck me — the case of electronic health records should be handled first, basically because it is free of the national-security rigmarole infesting other kinds of privacy issues.

Please take a look. (And please overlook the UI at those links.  It’s been embarrasingly bad, especially in the matter of bullet points, ever since I started blogging there, and this month it got a lot worse. I’m sorry.)

Then please help, by advancing your take on these ideas by any means at your disposal.  It’s going to take years to get all this right.  Freedom hangs in the balance.  We need to start NOW.

Discussion is also underway on Slashdot.

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2 Responses to “When law meets technology, and you can help”

  1. Data-based snooping — a huge threat to liberty that we’re all helping make worse | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on January 31st, 2010 2:41 pm

    [...] and talk about it too.” (And please don’t be as pig-headed as the Slashdotters mentioned here. ) Beyond that, simpler and more immediate – well, this is one blog post I’m REALLY hoping [...]

  2. Reconciling medical privacy and elder care | DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on September 13th, 2010 1:47 am

    [...] Improved electronic health records could have huge medical benefits [...]

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