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Fighting Fear of a Bioterrorism Event with Information Technology: Real-World Examples and Opportunities

6 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2007 Last revised: 10 May 2011

David A. Bray

Harvard University; University of Oxford; National Defense University

Benn Konsynski

Emory University - Goizueta Business School

Abstract

The proximate objective behind a bioterrorism event is to cause fear, with morbidity or mortality as secondary effects. Information technology must empower professionals to respond rapidly and effectively. This paper links detection and identification of a bioterrorism event with opportunities for information technology to aid such efforts, drawing specifically from real-world uses of technology with the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2000 to the present. Information technology challenges and innovations will be highlighted, as well as lessons learned from the program's response to the anthrax attacks in 2001 and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2003.

Keywords: bioterrorism preparedness, emergency response, information technology, innovations

JEL Classification: D70, D81, D83

Suggested Citation

Bray, David A. and Konsynski, Benn, Fighting Fear of a Bioterrorism Event with Information Technology: Real-World Examples and Opportunities. IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, May, 2006 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=962278

David A. Bray (Contact Author)

Harvard University ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
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University of Oxford

Oxford
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dbray

National Defense University ( email )

Marshall Hall
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Washington, DC 20319-5066
United States

Benn Konsynski

Emory University - Goizueta Business School ( email )

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322-2722
United States

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