Lydia Nicholas on ‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast

By Nicolas Terry and Frank Pasquale

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This week we welcome Lydia Nicholas, a Senior Researcher in Nesta’s Collective Intelligence team, who is exploring new forms of knowledge production and problem solving that are emerging from the collaboration of networked publics, institutions and organizations. We focused our discussion on the use and abuse of health data. Lydia is based in the UK, where some recent incidents involving data (including the controversy and Deep Mind’s analysis of records to develop AI diagnostic capacities) have focused discussion on data collection, analysis, and use.Lydia’s work looks at how minds, systems and technologies come together to perform better at cognitive challenges with particular focus on health and patient organisations. Before joining Nesta Lydia worked as a researcher across technology sectors, with particular focus on medical and biological information. She has an MSc in Digital Anthropology and has researched public understanding of Big Data and data collection practices. This expertise enriched our discussion of the quantified self and emerging practices of the “quantified self,” as well as the “metric power” accumulated by those with access to information. Be sure to follow Lydia on Twitter @lydnicholas for more news and views on data ethics and policy.

The Week in Health Law Podcast from Frank Pasquale and Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion about some of the more thorny issues in Health Law & Policy. Subscribe at iTunes, listen at Stitcher Radio, Tunein and Podbean, or search for The Week in Health Law in your favorite podcast app. Show notes and more are at If you have comments, an idea for a show or a topic to discuss you can find us on twitter @nicolasterry @FrankPasquale @WeekInHealthLaw

Nicolas P. Terry

Nicolas Terry is the Hall Render Professor of Law at Indiana University McKinney School of Law where he serves as the Executive Director of the Hall Center for Law and Health and teaches various healthcare and health policy courses. His recent scholarship has dealt with health privacy, mobile health, the Internet of Things, Big Data, AI, and the opioid overdose epidemic. He serves on IU’s Grand Challenges Scientific Leadership Team, working on the addictions crisis and is the PI on addictions law and policy Grand Challenge grants. His podcast is at, and he is @nicolasterry on Twitter.

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