Danny Dover provides an interesting look at real-time data and the influence it has had on society. For example, "social media has the potential to become the greatest early detection system [for pandemics] that the world has ever seen," he writes. "It is faster, nimbler and has more access to user data than any traditional search engine."
Dover continues, "Not only does Facebook have the data necessary to see who is suffering from an illness, it has the data necessary to predict who these ill people will most likely come in contact with."
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