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Quantified : biosensing technologies in everyday life

Author: Dawn Nafus
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : The MIT Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Today anyone can purchase technology that can track, quantify, and measure the body and its environment. Wearable or portable sensors detect heart rates, glucose levels, steps taken, water quality, genomes, and microbiomes, and turn them into electronic data. Is this phenomenon empowering, or a new form of social control? Who volunteers to enumerate bodily experiences, and who is forced to do so? Who interprets the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dawn Nafus
ISBN: 9780262034173 0262034174 9780262528757 0262528754
OCLC Number: 923139297
Description: xxxi, 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Biosensing and representation --
1. Do biosensors biomedicalize?: sites of negotiation in DNA-based biosensing data practices / Mette Kragh-Furbo, Adrian Mackenzie, Maggie Mort, and Celia Roberts --
2. Data in the age of digital reproduction: reading the quantified self through Walter Benjamin / Jamie Sherman --
3. Biosensing: tracking persons / Sophie Day and Celia Lury --
4. The quantified self: reverse engineering / Gary Wolf --
II. Institutional arrangements --
5. Biosensing in context: health privacy in a connected world / Helen Nissenbaum and Heather Patterson --
6. Disruption and the political economy of biosensor data / Brittany Fiore-Gartland and Gina Neff --
7. Deep data: notes on the n of 1 / Dana Greenfield --
8. Consumer health innovation opportunities and privacy challenges: a view from the trenches / Rajiv Mehta --
III. Seeing like a builder --
9. Open mHealth and the problem of data interoperability / Deborah Estrin and Anna de Paula Hanika, with Dawn Nafus --
10. Field notes in contamination studies / Marc Böhlen --
11. Data, (bio)sensing and (other-)worldly stories from the cycle routes of London / Alex Taylor --
12. The data citizen, the quantified self, and personal genomics / Judith Gregory and Geoffrey C. Bowker.
Other Titles: Biosensing technologies in everyday life
Responsibility: edited by Dawn Nafus.

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What is at stake socially, culturally, politically, and economically when we routinely use technology to gather information about our bodies and environments?  Read more...

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This is a great book for people interested in digital health and self- and other-tracking and contributes to a growing literature. It is a methodological triumph. -- Phoebe Moore * Theory Culture & Read more...

 
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