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Feds Studying How to Use Twitter For ‘Depression Surveillance’

Elizabeth Harrington
Free Beacon.com [1]
October 16, 2013

The federal government is studying how to use Twitter for surveillance on depressed people.

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) began a study financed by the National Institutes of Health last month that will provide “population level depression monitoring” through the social media site.

The project, “Utilizing Social Media as a Resource for Mental Health Surveillance,” is costing taxpayers $82,800.

While Twitter has been used by government agencies, such as the Secret Service [2] andDepartment of Homeland Security [3], for national security related monitoring, the project suggests the social network can be used for public health surveillance as well.

Full story here. [1]