Thursday, March 19, 2009

Increasing Privacy Awareness?

Are typical web users becoming more aware of potential privacy problems?

At least in one survey, conducted by TRUSTe, "More than 90 percent of
respondents called online privacy a "really" or "somewhat" important issue"

Will phone users follow the same patterns?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Volunteering in 20 Min Chunks on Mobile Devices

Here is a great idea for using mobile phones to allow people to volunteer time for all sorts of tasks that it percolated to the top in an open competition for innovative “Changemaker” ideas. It has a NESP-like flavor to it, although with a focus on short-term (20 minute) tasks that people can quickly select and accomplish. This is in contrast to the NESP vision of long-term participation in medical research studies that researchers select the volunteers for.

Changemakers entry:


Project website:

(There is some interesting information on the project website, everything from a nice intro video of the idea to links to the use of game mechanics for social media. You can also sign up for their newsletter)



Monday, March 16, 2009

Computer industry: Phones next "big thing"

More compute power and sensors in phones only increases the potential of  a NESP program, as long as more manufacturers doesn’t increase phone fragmentation and make programming phones (robustly) more difficult.