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What are the most concerning threats to health communities the internet?

1.  Identify

2.  Protect

3.  Detect

4. Respond

5.  Recover

Embracing evidence-based cyber security practices.

Health communities online need to be equipped to handle emerging threats.  To empower these communities, we are applying basic principles of cybersecurity develop resources and tools.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework10 lists 5 core cybersecurity functions: identify, protect, detect, respond, and recover. All of these functions are readily applicable to online health communities.

The Light Collective embraces the use of white hat techniques to confront threats to health communities online. Principles like responsible disclosure are critical to ensuring that patients and patient communities are protected online.

The Evidence + Advanced Reading

1.  Report On Improving Cybersecurity in The Health Care Industry

This report was developed by the Health Care Cybersecurity Task Force in June 2017.

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2.  Employ Cybersecurity Techniques Against the Threat of Medical Misinformation

Perakslis E, Califf RM. Employ Cybersecurity Techniques Against the Threat of Medical Misinformation. JAMA. Published online June 14, 2019. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.6857

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3.  Weaponized Communication:  Twitter Bots and Vaccine Trolls Amplify the Vaccine Debate

Broniatowski DA, Jamison AM, Qi S, et al. Weaponized Health Communication: Twitter Bots and Russian Trolls Amplify the Vaccine Debate. Am J Public Health. 2018;108(10):1378–1384. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2018.304567

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4.  Beyond Privacy:  A deeper understanding of the internet is required to protect digitized trial participants

Understanding privacy in the digital age requires a deep understanding of the forces driving the internet and the specific resulting harms.

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