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wq: an open source framework for citizen science, VGI, and crowdsourcing
"wq is a modular, open source framework for building custom offline-capable mobile-friendly web apps for citizen science, crowdsourcing, and volunteered geographic information. wq has a permissive license and extends a number of existing open source web frameworks, including Django, jQuery Mobile, and RequireJS."
programming  citizen-science  mobile  software  open-source  gis 
may 2016 by tsuomela
"LibraryBox is an open source, portable digital file distribution tool based on inexpensive hardware that enables delivery of educational, healthcare, and other vital information to individuals off the grid."
hackers  hacking  mobile  filesharing  portable  makers 
november 2014 by tsuomela
The Forever Empty of Louis C.K. | 21st Century Spirituality | Big Think
"Today there is no more potent contrivance than the mass distraction of cell phones. This is no anti-technological rant—all of our tools have purpose and can be used for good reason. The reasons we justify, however, need to be questioned. As an avoidance of silence, we’re never going to be able to reckon with loneliness. That’s a shame. So much is learned in the quiet space. The tragedy ensues, as Louis concluded, when"
silence  experience  cell-phone  mobile  loneliness  technology-effects 
october 2013 by tsuomela
Wi Journal | Journal of Mobile Media
"Wi: journal of mobile media (pronounced wī) was founded in 2006 as in-house publication of the Mobile Digital Commons Network (MDCN) and has since operated under the aegis of the Mobile Media Lab. The Lab has two nodes, one in Montreal ( and one in Toronto ( is an open- access peer-reviewed experimental journal. The mandate of the journal is to create an interdisciplinary international dialogue for scholars to explore the “term” mobilities in all of its many manifestations, although the history of the journal indicates an emphasis on the connection of mobilities research to media studies, the media arts and communications. We are particularly interested in publishing works that use media (images, sounds, animations) as a major component of their articles, although this is not a requirement."
journal  open-access  mobile  media 
july 2013 by tsuomela
WTF Is Waze And Why Did Google Just Pay A Billion+ For It? | TechCrunch
"This crowdsourced data, driver-sourced mapping, community curation and citizen traffic reporting adds an interactive element to the user experience, which not only quickly becomes addicting, but tends to be more accurate thanks to its obsessive (and often geeky) army of reporters relaying traffic data in realtime."
maps  gis  crowdsourcing  internet  mobile  google 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group
"We study fifteen months of human mobility data for one and a half million individuals and find that human mobility traces are highly unique. In fact, in a dataset where the location of an individual is specified hourly, and with a spatial resolution equal to that given by the carrier's antennas, four spatio-temporal points are enough to uniquely identify 95% of the individuals. We coarsen the data spatially and temporally to find a formula for the uniqueness of human mobility traces given their resolution and the available outside information. This formula shows that the uniqueness of mobility traces decays approximately as the 1/10 power of their resolution. Hence, even coarse datasets provide little anonymity. These findings represent fundamental constraints to an individual's privacy and have important implications for the design of frameworks and institutions dedicated to protect the privacy of individuals."
privacy  data-mining  mobile  mobile-phone  gis  geography  big-data  technology-effects 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Thoughts for an eleventh September: Alvin Toffler, Hirohito, Sarah Palin « Adam Greenfield's Speedbird
"After my talks, I’m frequently enough asked about the comparative technical backwardness of the US, often in so many words. In such circumstances I invariably trot out Mimi Ito’s relativist line about “alternatively technologized modernities,” and the idea that different places, different polities arrive at – have to arrive at – divergent understandings about which technologies are appropriate for their given time and place. And I strongly believe that it’s a correct line..but it’s no longer true. What’s going on in the US isn’t, it’s clear to me, a measured and equally valid selection from the sheaf of available technosocial possibilities, but symptomatic, however subtly, of a headlong flight from contemporaneity. In the relatively narrow field of my interests – ambient informatics, the networked city – can be seen something profound writ small: among fully-developed nations, the US stands out as having generally rejected “futuristic” interventions in everyday urban life, to the point that what I’m bound to present as innovative to US audiences is almost laughably banal elsewhere."
future  emotion  future-shock  sensation  interface  mobile  america  fear  politics  2008 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Exploring Tappestry: A Storable Social Network for Learning | David Kelly
This post discusses one of the first applications to utilize the Tin Can API, Tappestry, an iPhone app from Float Learning.
e-learning  mobile  social  social-networking  education  learning  pedagogy  apps 
july 2012 by tsuomela
The Jig Is Up: Time to Get Past Facebook and Invent a New Future - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic
"For at least five years, we've been working with the same operating logic in the consumer technology game. This is what it looks like:

There will be ratings and photos and a network of friends imported, borrowed, or stolen from one of the big social networks. There will be an emphasis on connections between people, things, and places. That is to say, the software you run on your phone will try to get you to help it understand what and who you care about out there in the world. Because all that stuff can be transmuted into valuable information for advertisers.

That paradigm has run its course. It's not quite over yet, but I think we're into the mobile social fin de siècle."
technology-cycles  technology  mobile  social-media  bubble 
april 2012 by tsuomela
A Hipstamatic Moment -- In These Times
If Hipstamatic hangs in and establishes itself as the go-to digital snapshot brand, it could double as a parable of commerce for the flat-world age: an industrial-era end-user experience without benefit of a workforce, a community or a pension plan.
business  economics  computers  technology  mobile  mobile-phone  photography  change  innovation  nostalgia 
february 2012 by tsuomela
Dense and Thick | the human network
Golden Age, a time of rosy dawns and bright beginnings, when everything seems possible. But this age is drawing to a close. Two recent developments will, in retrospect, be seen as the beginning of the end. The first of these is the transformation of the oldest medium into the newest. The book is coextensive with history, with the largest part of what we regard as human culture. Until five hundred and fifty years ago, books were handwritten, rare and precious. Moveable type made books a mass medium, and lit the spark of modernity. But the book, unlike nearly every other medium, has resisted its own digitization. This year the defenses of the book have been breached, and ones and zeroes are rushing in...
On the other hand, the arrival of the Web-as-appliance means it is now leaving the rarefied space of computers and mobiles-as-computers, and will now be seen as something as mundane as a book or a dinner plate.
technology  internet  culture  augmented-reality  mobile  future  trends  data  semantic-web  ipad  ubicomp 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Smartphones | The BarackBerry | The Economist
A behind-the-scenes look at how government uses mobile phones and security.
technology  government  security  cellphone  mobile  obama 
january 2009 by tsuomela
How Can Digital Nomads Stay Connected With Coworkers? - Insight Community Case.
We're looking to get insights into how individuals and the workplace are changing due to an increasingly "mobile" workforce -- thanks to things like widespread laptop and mobile device usage, as well as wireless connectivity.
digital  culture  nomad  mobile  work  business  distributed 
october 2008 by tsuomela

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