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Mediated Intimacies: Teletherapy and the Changing Face of American Mental Healthcare

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“Hello?  Hello? Can you hear me?” 

“I can, but your head is cut off.  I just see your neck.  Can you hear me?”

“Yeah, yeah, I hear you.  There, is that better?  Can you see me now?” 

“Yes, that’s good.”

“Ok, good.  I’m glad I have a head.” 

“Me, too–it makes things much easier.  How have things been for you?”

Such is the awkward start to …

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Not “just tools”: The framework of equivalence and cochlear implants in Jordan

“Should all deaf children learn sign language?” This seemingly innocuous question was the theme of a roundtable article published in the influential journal Pediatrics in 2015, which compiled responses from a range of stakeholders, including otolaryngologists, linguists, educators, and parents of deaf children. Understandably, this broad diversity also delivered a range of responses: while educator Nancy Mellon and surgeon John …

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‘Silicon health’ for Africa: Understanding the rise and impact of drone logistics

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones, are on the rise. During the ongoing corona crisis their potential to either monitor curfews or to provide contactless deliveries is increasingly featured in various media outlets and discussed in policy circles.[1] A focus on health-related issues harkens back to earlier attempts to render drones – a military technology – productive …

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Form, Content, Data, Bodies: Jonathan Zong and Beth Semel on Biometric Sans

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The dominant discourse surrounding digital psy technologies such as MindStrong, a teletherapy app designed to detect mental health changes by monitoring changes in typing speed “down to the millisecond”, is that they uncover interior states by gathering psychologically rich data that was always there. But as the Tracking Digital Psy series editors outline in their call for contributors

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Window Work: Framing Eldercare in the Age of COVID-19

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In this blogpost, we draw from our current fieldwork on the island of Ærø, a place which has branded itself as “the digital island”[1], to explore how care workers tinker with screens during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to care for the elderly from a distance.

A New Way of Seeing

Marie is a healthcare worker on the …

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The Third Choice: Suicide Hotlines, Psychiatry, and the Police

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With Covid-19 showing no sign of abating, mental health care (from ongoing therapy to helplines) continues to be an important site of treatment for many Americans. While traditional therapy has continued to be prohibitively expensive for most, teletherapy has been covered by most major health insurance companies since the early days of the pandemic and is currently free for …