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October 21, 2015

Human Chipping: Fishing for Uses

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

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Thank you Ms. Riviera, it seems that we have all of your paperwork in order for your new job.

September 28, 2015

Hello Barbie: Considering Potential Unforeseen Problems with A.I. Dolls and What Children Tell Them

by Amanda Zink, J.D., M.A.

Hello Barbie, a doll with artificial intelligence (AI) that enables it to “talk” with children, is slated for release this November, just in time for the holiday season.…

September 10, 2015

Ashley Madison & Using Stolen Data

by Arthur L Caplan, PhD and Charles Seife, MS

This past August, the public was treated to gigabytes of data stolen from the Ashley Madison website, including detailed records on millions of people who had registered for their service.…

August 22, 2015

The Private as Public: What it Means for Bioethics

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Today I was sitting in an outdoor coffee house and listened to the sounds around me. I heard the jackhammer from the street construction and the beep of a truck backing up.…

July 27, 2015

Investigating Two Claims Against Planned Parenthood: Center of Medical Progress’s Secret Videos

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Before you being reading, I have a disclaimer: Growing up, my mother worked for Planned Parenthood. As a nurse, she practiced in their clinics offering well women services, counseling, and contraception.…

April 29, 2015

Why Doctors Should Audio Record Patient Encounters

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In Dave Eggers’ novel, The Circle, a behemoth tech company makes it popular for people to wear cameras and to live broadcast every minute of their lives (except for time in the bathroom).…

April 21, 2015

Figure 1: Global Medical Education and Collaboration in Real Time

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

When I was teaching in medical schools I recall a case where a student was reprimanded for breaking patient confidentiality by uploading a picture of surgery to his Facebook profile.…

March 16, 2015

Should Medical Staff ‘Google’ Patients?

Note: The Bioethics Program blog will be moving to its new home on April 1, 2015. Be sure to change your bookmarks to   by Brandon Hamm, Bioethics Program Alum (MSBioethics 2012) On several occasions, a new admission or psychiatric consultation has been accompanied by patient information that was “googled” by nursing or consulting practitioners. On some […]
March 12, 2015

Caveat Scholasticus

Note: The Bioethics Program blog will be moving to its new home on April 1, 2015. Be sure to change your bookmarks to   by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Economists talk a lot about scarcity. Scarcity occurs when we have fewer resources than are necessary to fill our basic needs […]
January 13, 2015

Of Course 23andMe’s Plan Has Been to Sell Your Genetic Data All Along

[Gizmodo] Today, 23andMe announced what Forbes reports is only the first of ten deals with big biotech companies: Genentech will pay up to $60 million for access to 23andMe’s data to study Parki nson’s. You think 23andMe was about selling fun DNA spit tests for $99 a pop? Nope, it’s been about selling your data all along. Since 23andMe started in […]

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Published Articles (3)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 11 - Nov 2015

Ingestible Drug Adherence Monitors: Trending Toward a Surveillance Society? Richard R. Sharp

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 10 - Oct 2014

Case Study:The Obligations to Report Statutory Sexual Abuse Disclosed in a Research Study Holly A. Taylor, Ellen Kuwana & Benjamin S. Wilfond

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 10 - Oct 2013

Why Misconduct Trumps Patient–Therapist Confidentiality and Ways to Avoid the Disclosure Dilemma Nicholas H. Steneck

News (170)

November 16, 2015 6:28 pm

Using social media in clinical research: Case studies address ethical gray areas

If a public-health researcher is reviewing Facebook profiles of 14-year-old males for firearm references and discovers photos or words referencing a potentially threatening situation, should the researcher intervene? What levels of privacy should these children expect in the online world.
September 23, 2015 6:01 pm

You’re surrounded by a cloud of bacteria as unique as a fingerprint

Do you ever feel like you’re all alone in the world? Well, don’t. At every moment of your life, you’re surrounded by a cloud of bacteria. These microbial companions are so unique to you that the cloud — which you leave traces of everywhere you go — might actually be as identifiable as a fingerprint.

September 4, 2015 2:11 pm

81 percent of hospitals and health insurance companies have had a data breach

In the past two years, 81 percent of hospitals and health insurance companies have had a data breach, according to a report released by KPMG.

May 7, 2015 3:15 pm

Court rules NSA program illegal

A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that the telephone metadata collection program, under which the National Security Agency gathers up millions of phone records on an ongoing daily basis, is illegal under the Patriot Act.

May 1, 2015 6:29 pm

How Private DNA Data Linked an Innocent Man to a 20-year-old Murder Case

The New Orleans Advocate recently published a shocking story that details the very real threats to privacy and civil liberties posed by law enforcement access to private genetic databases and familial DNA searching.

April 14, 2015 2:14 pm

Health data breaches on the rise

Large-scale health data breaches reported by doctors and health plans have been rising steadily, a new report shows.

January 27, 2015 6:54 pm

Gov. Brown Makes History, End-of-Life Choices, Personal Health at our Fingertips

The new year is off to a fast start with a new state budget. Gov. Jerry Brown hinted at what would be the centerpieces of his historic fourth and final term when he was sworn in on Monday. He is focused on education, combating climate change and building the state’s controversial high-speed rail system, which broke ground in Fresno on Tuesday.

January 16, 2015 1:02 pm

Who Owns A Human Genome?

When a human subject is involved with a scientific study, researchers must obtain informed consent, right? Well, if the study in question involves genomics research, the answer isn’t so clear.

January 13, 2015 12:50 pm

Computers 'judge personality better than friends

Computers can be better at predicting our personality than our friends and family, an experiment with tens of thousands of volunteers has indicated.

September 16, 2014 5:18 pm

Thousands Of People Oblivious To Fact That Anyone On The Internet Can Access Their Computers

Paul McMillan sent his winged monkey scanners out looking for computers that have remote access software on them, but no password. In just that short hour, the results came pouring in: thousands of computers on port 5900 using a program called VNC for remote access.

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