Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Collecting information about behavior

This New York Times article highlights how websites are collecting information about behavior as people interact with their websites. Privacy is obviously a big issue that a NESP must address. However, what is worse? A system where people clearly know that they are giving up information for the good cause of public health and where the information released is protected and only used for research, or the current situation where most people are unaware that data collection is occurring at all and the information about behavior is being used later to influence purchasing behavior?

Article:
To Aim Ads, Web Is Keeping Closer Eye on You
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/10/technology/10privacy.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&pagewanted=all

Friday, March 7, 2008

Apple is releasing its SDK for the iPhone, but unfortunately will retain control of what can be placed on the phone and sell them through its online store.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/article?a=146392&f=24

Will Apple have a category for free apps that are for the public good?

Stephen

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Hello. We will use this blog to post thoughts and articles about the idea for a National Experience Sampling Project. For more background on the project and information on how you can help, see the research project home page at http://web.mit.edu/nesp.

Stephen