Reality Mining of Mobile Communications: Toward A New Deal On Data
Humanity has the beginnings of a new nervous system — a digital one derived from mobile telephone networks and already nearly four billion people strong. Computational models based on these digital “people data,” using a process called reality mining, allow us to create a startlingly comprehensive picture of our lives, predicting human social behavior with a power that was barely conceivable just a few years ago. This new “god’s eye” view of humanity will present unprecedented opportunities for profitable commerce and effective government … and it will endanger our personal freedom . To harness the good and avoid the evil, we need to forge a ‘New Deal’ about how personal data can be gathered and used .