Collecting and analyzing information from simple cell phones can provide surprising insights into how people move about and behave—and even help us understand the spread of diseases.
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I’m MIT Technology Review's chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.
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Police can obtain huge quantities of social network data but must sort out the junk to glean useful information.
Storing video and other files more intelligently reduces the demand on servers in a data center.
New optical technology paves the way for more efficient ocean-spanning transmissions.
The new Facebook-centric Android app for smartphones builds on other efforts to court mobile users internationally.
Bruce Schneier says "we as a society are heading down a dangerous path."
A decade-old fix could have easily stopped this weekend’s attack on an anti-spam company, but the truth is many Web companies simply ignore such fixes.
In some countries, “the Internet” is confined to certain sites as part of a strategy to help wireless carriers offer starter packages.
Researchers calculate the potential of using graphene for ultrafast wireless communications.
Firefox’s new Web-centric OS will let users run apps from the Web, raising concerns over how to stop malicious software.