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Adam Tanner is writer in residence at Harvard University's Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the author of What Stays in Vegas- The World of Personal Data-Lifeblood of Big Business-and the End of Privacy as We Know It, which the Washington Post named one of fifty notable works of nonfiction in 2014. Tanner served as a Reuters correspondent from 1995 to 2011, including as bureau chief for the Balkans (2008-2011) and San Francisco (2003-2008). He was also posted in Berlin, Moscow, and Washington, DC. He has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, the BBC, and VOA; has written for magazines including Scientific American, Forbes, Fortune, MIT Technology Review, and Slate; and has lectured across the United States and internationally. For the 2016-17 academic year he is the Snedden Chair in Journalism at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


"Tanner is a persistent and experienced researcher...and the information he gleans paints an alarming picture...A thorough report, carefully researched and well-documented, aimed at both general readers and policymakers."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Patient data presents both promise and peril. Important public and private interests hang in the balance as consumers, providers, advocates, industry actors, and governments weigh increased transparency, informed consent, privacy issues, and the right to know. In Our Bodies, Our Data, Adam Tanner tangibly advances a vital conversation-adroitly articulating choices that may profoundly shape the future of health and health care."
-A. Eugene Washington, M.D., Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University, President and CEO, Duke University Health System

"Adam Tanner has thoroughly researched how big pharma continues to trample on our medical privacy. This is a terrifying and strongly-argued account of how drug companies collect, analyze, and sell patient data and a must-read for anyone who has ever been to a doctor."
-J. Kyle Bass, Chief Investment Officer, Hayman Capital Management

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