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Nowcasting for Real-Time COVID-19 Tracking in New York City: An Evaluation Using Reportable Disease Data From Early in the Pandemic


Published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, 7(1), e25538
January 15, 2021 by Greene, S. K., McGough, S. F., Culp, G. M., Graf, L. E., Lipsitch, M., Menzies, N. A., & Kahn, R.



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Incorporating human mobility data improves forecasts of Dengue fever in Thailand


Published in Scientific Reports, 11(1), 923
January 13, 2021 by Kiang, M. V., Santillana, M., Chen, J. T., Onnela, J.-P., Krieger, N., Engø-Monsen, K., Ekapirat, N., Areechokchai, D., Prempree, P., Maude, R. J., & Buckee, C. O.



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Vaccine Distribution, Deserts, and Data Analytics


by Camber Systems


Last week, President Joe Biden announced his goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in his first 100 days in office. Equitably distributing a vaccine to that many Americans now stands as the country’s final and most daunting task to defeat the pandemic.


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Estimating internationally imported cases during the early COVID-19 pandemic


Published in Nature Communications, 12(1), 311
January 12, 2021 by Menkir, T. F., Chin, T., Hay, J. A., Surface, E. D., De Salazar, P. M., Buckee, C. O., Watts, A., Khan, K., Sherbo, R., Yan, A. W. C., Mina, M. J., Lipsitch, M., & Niehus, R.



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Events

Did data make a difference? Lessons from Facebook Data for Good in 2020


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    Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 11:00am — 01:00pm

The role of Facebook Data for Good tools for COVID-19 response, routine immunizations, and development programs and what this means for …



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Quantifying the dynamics of migration after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico


Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Dec 2020, 117 (51) 32772-32778
December 22, 2020 by Rolando J. Acosta, Nishant Kishore, Rafael A. Irazarry, Caroline Buckee



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OpenDP: open-source software tools for privacy-protective statistical analysis of sensitive personal data.


by Abhishek Bhatia


The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of developing analytical pipelines that leverage data streams generated by individuals and communities to drive data-driven responses to crises. As these data increasingly exchange hands within agencies and are shared publicly for broader research, Salil Vadhan from Harvard SEAS and Navin Vembar from Camber Systems discuss the inadequacy of traditional methods for the protection of sensitive personal data.


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Using Human Mobility Data to Inform Pandemic Response Theory and Practice


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    Fri, Dec 4, 2020 at 10:00am — 11:30am

This 90-minute panel will examine the application of mobility data in monitoring the spread of the pandemic and informing containment policy, with a particular focus on privacy-preserving safeguards, methodological challenges, and translational barriers.


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Flying, phones and flu: Anonymized call records suggest that Keflavik International Airport introduced pandemic H1N1 into Iceland in 2009


Published in Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 14(1), 37–45
November 9, 2020 by Kishore, N., Mitchell, R., Lash, T. L., Reed, C., Danon, L., Sigmundsdóttir, G., & Vigfusson, Y.



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National Shelter System Data: Opportunities, Challenges, and Applications to COVID-19


by Abhishek Bhatia


In the United States, the vast majority of shelters are operated by agencies like the American Red Cross, other not-for-profit organizations, or directly by the county government. During disasters, the sudden demand for services at these shelters contributes to challenges in resource allocation and complicates the logistics of keeping people safe during mass gatherings.


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Measuring mobility to monitor travel and physical distancing interventions: a common framework for mobile phone data analysis


Published in The Lancet Digital Health
November 1, 2020 by Kishore, N., Kiang, M. V., Engø-Monsen, K., Vembar, N., Schroeder, A., Balsari, S., & Buckee, C. O.



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Lockdown related travel behavior undermines the containment of SARS-CoV-2


Published in MedRxiv, 2020.10.22.20217752
October 26, 2020 by Kishore, N., Kahn, R., Martinez, P. P., Salazar, P. M. D., Mahmud, A. S., & Buckee, C. O.



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Data, Equity, and Wildfires: California 2020


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    Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 11:00am — 12:00pm

CrisisReady is pleased to announce its panel on Data, Equity, and Wildfires in California.


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Mobility Data and the Limits of Data Protection Frameworks


October 7, 2020 by Abhishek Bhatia


The near real-time information about human movement provided by aggregated population mobility data has tremendous potential to help refine interventions when appropriate legal, organizational, and computational safeguards are in place. As the private sector, policymakers, and academia work together to leverage novel sources of data to track the spread of the pandemic, Randall Harp, Laurent Hébert-Dufresne, and Juniper Lovato from the University of Vermont argue that anonymization at the individual level is insufficient– the notion of privacy should extend to communities as well.


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The use of mobile phone data to inform analysis of COVID-19 pandemic epidemiology


Published in Nature Communications, 11(1), 4961
September 30, 2020 by Grantz, K. H., Meredith, H. R., Cummings, D. A. T., Metcalf, C. J. E., Grenfell, B. T., Giles, J. R., Mehta, S., Solomon, S., Labrique, A., Kishore, N., Buckee, C. O., & Wesolowski, A.



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Reductions in commuting mobility correlate with geographic differences in SARS-CoV-2 prevalence in New York City


Published in Nature Communications, 11(1), 4674
September 16, 2020 by Kissler, S. M., Kishore, N., Prabhu, M., Goffman, D., Beilin, Y., Landau, R., Gyamfi-Bannerman, C., Bateman, B. T., Snyder, J., Razavi, A. S., Katz, D., Gal, J., Bianco, A., Stone, J., Larremore, D., Buckee, C. O., & Grad, Y. H.



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Government Access to Mobile Phone Data for Contact Tracing- The Brennan Center for Justice


by Abhishek Bhatia


The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that conducts rigorous research to identify problems and provide in-depth empirical findings and compelling analyses of pressing legal and policy issues.


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Participatory syndromic surveillance as a tool for tracking COVID-19 in Bangladesh


Published in MedRxiv, 2020.08.28.20183905
September 1, 2020 by Mahmud, A. S., Chowdhury, S., Sojib, K. H., Chowdhury, A., Quader, M. T., Paul, S., Saidy, M. S., Uddin, R., Engo-Monsen, K., & Buckee, C. O.



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COVID-19 care in India: The course to self-reliance.


Published in The Lancet Global Health, 8(11), e1359–e1360
August 24, 2020 by Balsari, S., Sange, M., & Udwadia, Z.



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Digital Mobility Data, Physical Distancing, and COVID-19 in Syracuse


by Jennifer Chan


Syracuse is a modest sized city of just over 140,000 people in upstate New York. It sits within the heart of the Finger Lakes region, not far from Lake Ontario. Although far from the worst hit areas of New York state by COVID-19, Syracuse saw alarming increases in cases and deaths during the initial wave of the pandemic.


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Case Study: Using Facebook Data to Monitor Adherence to Stay-at-home Orders in Colorado and Utah


Published in MedRxiv, 2020.06.04.20122093
July 30, 2020 by Layer, R. M., Fosdick, B., Bradshaw, M., Larremore, D. B., & Doherty, P.



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