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Perspectives on Public Purpose

Aug. 18, 2020

For Emerging Technologies

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On a fall afternoon in 2019 I stood at a desk in the U.S. Senate and watched on my computer screen, appalled as a researcher in Germany demonstrated how he could view medical images– XRays, MRI’s, mammograms– as they were uploaded onto the internet in real time. According to the researcher, Dirk Schrader, over 114 million images belonging to roughly 5 million Americans in 22 states were exposed on the internet.