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5/29/2015
08:06 AM

Using Twitter, Smartphones To Accurately Assess Crowds

As part of the Big Data Challenge, researchers from England's University of Warwick have turned to smartphones and Twitter to estimate crowd sizes quickly and accurately.

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PedroGonzales
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6/13/2015 | 7:58:32 PM
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@ CurtFranklin. what sometimes dissapoints me about following debates about the impact of new technology into our lives is that. The debate continues on and one but there isn't an end. I would like hear that people debate on an issue and then produce some sort of conclusion about the issue which could can be implemented.  By the time the debate finishes the technology would have change completely.
Curt Franklin
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6/9/2015 | 10:58:35 AM
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@PedroGonzales, that's always the trade-off: Is the technology's use to the authorities for legitimate purposes of sufficient value to risk possible erosion of privacy rights? That's where the debate is going to be happening for a long time to come, I fear.
PedroGonzales
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6/4/2015 | 10:06:01 PM
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I think law enforcement will be able to manage protest here in the states if they have access to such records.  The ACLU wouldn't be very happy. If it helps reduce vandalism such as what we saw in Baltimore, I think it will be a good approach.
Ariella
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6/4/2015 | 5:08:34 PM
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That's the only thing that one can be sure about, Curtis! Forces will be pulling both ways. 
Curt Franklin
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6/4/2015 | 4:03:02 PM
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@Ariella, you're right -- there will be more pressure for US regulation. As we enter into another election cycle it's going to be interesting to hear how the various candidates couch their support for more or less regulation and more or less surveillance.

It's going to be a bumpy couple of years.
Curt Franklin
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6/4/2015 | 3:54:31 PM
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@jastroff, I'm afraid Im feeling a bit cynical these days -- I can't see any particular agency that will take on the challenge because, honestly, there's too much money in allowing the situation to continue as it is.
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6/4/2015 | 2:18:24 PM
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@Curt, indeed. The US has more of a tradition of attempting to allow people more freedom and for industries to be more self-governing. But with the global connections we all have, there is more pressure to comply with standards set abroad, and that, I would expect, will increase the pressure in the US for more governement regulation. 
jastroff
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6/4/2015 | 2:15:48 PM
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Yes, agree. But which group/agency - foreign or domestic, wants to/will take this one on...any thoughts?

<<  i think most people would be appalled if they realized just how much they give up in most EULAs.
Curt Franklin
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6/4/2015 | 2:10:42 PM
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@Ariella, it's interesting to see the ebb and flow of practices that are considered rational or too intrusive in various nations. I fear the trend in both Europe and North America is toward more intrusive surveillance, always introduced with the most benign rationale. It will be most fascinating to see whether the general population ever decides that things have gone too far -- and whether, at that point, they can do anything about it.
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6/4/2015 | 2:04:22 PM
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@Curtis that fits with the greater governmental control in Europe, though. They are much more inclined to nanny state practices, though the US is following in their footsteps. 
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