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Encase lethal bird flu research behind ECM security

While skimming through the day’s headlines, I came across an incredibly uplifting piece of news. “Technologies today could allow the next generation to live up to 150,” reported CBS New York.

It didn’t take long for my glee to gloom as I stumbled on a contradictory story that provides details about how to deal with scientific studies “that could cause a deadly human pandemic.”

So now I’m confused. Are technological advancements going to prolong and improve our lives or lead us to a premature, gruesome demise? As I discovered by reading further, the answer to this problem is—wait for it—technology.

According to the Reuters contagion article, “22 bird flu experts” are meeting at the World Health Organization to discuss the handling of research that uncovered ways to make deadly H5N1 flu viruses more easily transmittable.

The debate centers on whether the research documentation should be “censored or ‘redacted’ before it goes into scientific journals.” While every position seems to have merit, I wonder if a carefully designed content management system could satisfy all concerns.

Instead of publishing the information publicly, the data could be stored in a digital vault and made accessible only to those with the appropriate privileges. Advanced encryption and authentication would ensure that the sensitive research is always secure and in the right hands—while tracking who does what with the content, when, where and how.

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