How Does Mobile Tracking Work?

Mobile tracking at its core relies on what is called “Network-Based Tracking”. This refers to the non-obtrusive collection of data from a service provider’s network and use of data analytics to determine the location of individual phones (identified by their IMSI, IMEI, or similar identifier). Locations are determined utilizing the passive network communications exchanged between phones and base stations to assign a general area for each phone based on the known locations of base stations.

Prisons in the Communications Age

Prisons are meant to isolate criminals from society for the term of their sentence, this task became more complicated with the mainstream adoption of cell phones in the 90s. Cell phones can be easily hidden and used to circumvent wardens’ control over incoming and outgoing communications. Cell phone smuggling quickly became

Privacy in the Age of Corona

In mid-May, the MIT Sloan School of Business Administration’s Management Review released a column entitled: “AI, Robot, and Ethics in the Age of COVID-19”. The paper discusses the effect COVID-19 has had in accelerating the adoption of automation and location data analytics and reviews the ethical concerns raised by these moves.

Using Cellular Networks to Enforce Quarantines

This week we thought we will expand on the issue of quarantine enforcement which we touched upon in last’s week’s issue. All around the world governments are enacting quarantines and social distancing regulations in an attempt to control the spread of the pandemic, however, this raises a simple question of resources: How can any government hope to enforce such measures over huge populations and areas?

Crowd Control in the age of Corona

One of the most complex issues facing us as we struggle to fight the spread of COVID-19 is that of “Crowd Control”. This issue can be broken into two separate questions facing policy makers: