Using Mobile Phones as a Cultural Lens

The Complexity and Social Networks Blog presents an interesting paper on mobile phone users and data stored in service provider databases around the world, discussing the different types of data captured and how it can be used to provide insight into human cultures.

Examples are provided from a variety of cultures and hundreds of millions of individuals, illustrating how phones can be used as a cultural lens, improving understanding of a particular cultures pace of life, reactions to outlier events, and social networks.

The paper in PDF format can be downloaded here.

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