Enabling Humanitarian Use of Mobile Phone Data
Author(s)de Montjoye, Yves-Alexandre; Kendall, Jake; Kerry, Cameron
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The prevalence of mobile communication in the developing world is ever increasing, with now 89 active subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. With this access comes the potential for unprecedented insights into individuals and societies, such as migration patterns, economic transactions, and even importation routes of infectious diseases like Ebola. However, the absence of a common framework for sharing mobile phone data in privacy-conscientious ways and an uncertain regulatory landscape has made difficult scientists' utilization of this powerful data.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Media Laboratory; Program in Media Arts and Sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Issues in Technology Innovation
Brookings Center for Technology Innovation
de Montjoye, Yves-Alexandre, Jake Kendall, and Cameron F. Kerry. "Enabling Humanitarian Use of Mobile Phone Data." Issues in Technology Innovation (November 2014).
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