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Chaire de recherche sur l'étude du jeu

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Chaire de recherche sur l'étude du jeu


Conference by Dr Martin French held on March 7th

March 2, 2017

Title : Participatory Disease Surveillance: Digital Developments and Dilemmas

This conference is organized by the Regroupement Stratégique TIC & santé, part of the RRSPQ (Réseau de recherche en santé des populations du Québec)

Speaker:  Dr. Martin French

Date:  Tuesday March 7, 2017, from 12:15 to 2:00 pm


UQAM / Université du Québec à Montréal
Pavillon Judith Jasmin / Room J-1060
450 Ste-Catherine Est
Montreal, QC, H2X 3S1


Contemporary developments in disease surveillance—particularly those that are meant to leverage big data and social-media infrastructures for ‘participatory surveillance’—promise to revolutionize the production of knowledge about the spread of infectious disease. Yet these digital developments also potentially transform the configuration of public health problems, raising questions about optimal modes of public health organization and priority setting. In this presentation, I offer a preliminary consideration of emergent modes of participatory disease surveillance. I use an analytic framework developed in French and Mykhalovskiy (2013) to present an overview of select touchstones for research into participatory disease surveillance. I conclude with a discussion of what I take to be some of the wider implications of participatory disease surveillance.


French, M. and E. Mykhalovskiy (2013). “Public Health Intelligence and the Detection of Potential Pandemics,” Sociology of Health & Illness 35(2): 174-187.

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