Wu-han Clan

The Good Internet

Sharing information that is vital to saving lives is especially important today, although I believe sharing research and knowledge was one of the main reasons the internet was created in the first place. Yet, as always, how to separate the wheat from the chaff is a problem with the infodemic that arises from too many scientific articles being submitted.

'“This is a very different experience from any outbreak that I’ve been a part of,” says epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The intense communication has catalyzed an unusual level of collaboration among scientists that, combined with scientific advances, has enabled research to move faster than during any previous outbreak.'

"The Internet was the result of some visionary thinking by people in the early 1960s who saw great potential value in allowing computers to share information on research and development in scientific and military fields....The early Internet was used by computer experts, engineers, scientists, and librarians. There was nothing friendly about it. There were no home or office personal computers in those days, and anyone who used it, whether a computer professional or an engineer or scientist or librarian, had to learn to use a very complex system."