A View from David Talbot Released: A Trove of Data-Mining Research from Phones At conference starting Wednesday, huge trove of research papers point to enormous possibilities, but privacy issues remain. Cell phones generate tremendous amounts of human mobility and other data that can be particularly useful in the developing world to redesign transportation networks (see African Bus Routes Redrawn Using Cell-Phone Data ) and provide a boon to epidemiology (see Big Data from Cheap Phones ).http://www.termpapermonster.com/term-paper-help Ahead of a conference on the topic that starts Wednesday at MIT, a motherlode of research has been made public about how to use this data. For the past year, researchers around the world responded to a challenge dubbed? Data for Development. in which the telecom giant Orange released 2.5 billion records from five million cell-phone users in Ivory Coast. ? A compendium of this work is the D4D book. holding all 850 pages of the submissions. The larger conference, called NetMob (now in its third year), also features papers based on cell phone data from other regions, described in this? book of abstracts.
? Amid all the excitement about this growing field, one issue hasnt be resolved: how to use data held by mobile carriers without violating the privacy of the phone owners. The D4D records, for example, were reworked to try to prevent anyone identifying the users, but there is no widely accepted way of doing this, and such projects are still on-off efforts. But at least for now we can bask in the promising research at the? conference .? Tagged Im MIT Technology Review s senior writer, interested in a wide range of topics including climate change, energy, and information and communication technologies. Recent projects have included traveling to China to write about GMO crop More development there, and Germany to explore how theyll try to ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaigns social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009 . Subscribe to Continue Reading Uh oh you’ve read all five of your free articles for this month.
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