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Data Bites Man: The Production of Malaria by Technology
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2018 (English)In: Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, E-ISSN 2573-0142, Vol. 2, no CSCW, article id 153Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Malaria surveillance is a practice concerned with collection and analysis of data. This paper presents an ethnographical account of an international team of researchers producing data about malaria in the Zanzibar archipelago. We show that malaria is increasingly constituted by data, and inextricably interwoven with the practices of data workers using ICT tools. Through the practices we document here malaria: 1) becomes a problem to be managed by asymptomatic, as well as symptomatic individuals, 2) increases its geographical incidence through surveillance data and articulation work, and 3) becomes more certain, through coordination mechanisms enabled by ICT. As electronic data, malaria builds and mobilizes diverse human, organizational, and infrastructural worlds around it, who must now be dedicated to its production, management, and care.

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2018. Vol. 2, no CSCW, article id 153
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data, surveillance, malaria, practices, coordination work
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Human Computer Interaction
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Computer and Systems Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-163194DOI: 10.1145/3274422OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-163194DiVA, id: diva2:1271943
Available from: 2018-12-18 Created: 2018-12-18 Last updated: 2018-12-28Bibliographically approved

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