A little more from other sources on the tracking system:
Monitoring system to globally track false social media claims
on dangers of vaccines
by: MALCOLM HOLLAND
From: The Daily Telegraph
May 13, 2013 9:00AMSPURIOUS and unscientific claims
about the dangers of vaccines can now be tracked as soon as they appear on social media around the world.
British and American scientists have developed a computerised monitoring system which alerts experts to quickly spreading rumours, outright lies, misinformation, and legitimate public concerns
, about vaccinations in 144 countries including Australia.
.... the new application builds on the ability of capacity of HealthMapan online surveillance resource that detects and maps early signs of disease outbreaks from electronic data sources from 144 countries.
Between May 2011 and April 2012, 10 380 reports concerning vaccinations were identified and categorised.
Almost seventy per cent were positive or "neutral" about vaccinations while 31 per cent were negative.
The researchers also devised a system to identify the types of concerns found on electronic media and prioritise reports according to their potential to disrupt vaccine uptake.
Of the negative reports, almost half were associated with the health impacts of vaccine impacts and people's beliefs, either associated with their religion or their ideas about supposed risks
from vaccinations.http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/tech ... 6640823800