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‘A Panopticon of Epic Proportions’: CDC Awards $260 Million to Track Disease Outbreaks in Massive Surveillance Scheme

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will distribute $260+ million to establish “a National Weather Service, but for infectious diseases” — using mass data collection to predict and control disease outbreaks. But critics warn it will be subject to dangerous errors.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to establish a national “public-private” network to sweep up unprecedented amounts of individual and community data and develop artificial intelligence (AI)-driven models to predict disease outbreaks.

That infrastructure will then help local, state and national health officials identify and implement appropriate “control measures” to manage potential disease outbreaks.

As part of this effort, the agency last week announced an estimated $262.5 million in grant funding over the next five years to establish a network of 13 infectious disease forecasting and analytics centers to coordinate this work across the U.S.

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