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  • When towns lose their newspapers, disease detectives are left flying blind

    Stat - 03/20/2018

    Social media cannot fill the gap created by the declining local news coverage, she and others involved in this type of research argued. “With Twitter … you are picking up a signal, but that signal might not be precise,” said Alessandro Vespignani, a professor at Northeastern University whose research focuses on modeling of epidemics. And social media reports can be simply wrong, he said — either by accident or design. News coverage “anchors” the signals picked up on social media, Vespignani said.

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