Social Sensing

Never before has it been easier to collect so much daily data about ourselves thanks in large part to the proliferation of mobile phones. We have been using mobile phones as social sensors since the advent of the first programmable phone in 2003 and are deploying this sensing platform in a wide range of social settings – from smokers in New York City, to office workers in Helsinki, to villagers in rural Africa.

Identifying Need and Risk

Can mobile phones identify high-risk behavior? A group of 10 male sex-workers in coastal Kenya where provided with mobile phones that logged communication, proximity and movement behavior. When coupled with self-report surveys, we are attempting to develop a system that can infer the onset of high-risk behavior and deliver salient information in real-time. - E. Sanders, N. Eagle