Case Study: Tracking Mobile Phones in Mobility Research

TitleCase Study: Tracking Mobile Phones in Mobility Research
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsWright, D, DiBiase, D, Francis, H
PublisherUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
KeywordsGeographic Information Sciences , Human Research Subjects , Privacy and Surveillance
AbstractIn a study published in Nature, a group of researchers tracked the movements of mobile phone users using records provided by an unidentified private telecommunications company The findings of the study may be useful to scientists concerned with the spread of infectious diseases, traffic forecasting, and other diffusion processes related to human mobility. The phone users were not informed that they were tracked, but the phone company did disguise their records so individuals could not be identified.
OEC Unique IdentifierEthics in Science and Engineering National Clearinghouse
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