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Confronting the Data Dilemma
by Elizabeth Good Christopherson
A few years ago, the City of Boston decided to tackle an age-old municipal problem in a new way. Using the motion-sensing capabilities of smart phones, volunteers who download Boston’s Street Bump app automatically send to the city information about the condition of the streets they’re driving on. When their cars hit a pothole—or a pothole-to-be—their phone sends the shock to a data hub, which combines the information from many other phones to pinpoint problem areas on the streets to be repaired. In the early days of the program, Street Bump found something fascinating: there were more potholes reported in wealthy areas of the city than in poor ones. Read on...