Sunday, May 22, 2011

Our data, ourselves - The Boston Globe

First paragraph of an information responsibility reality check (subtitled “What if privacy is keeping us from reaping the real benefits of the infosphere?”)

If you’re obsessive about your health, and you have $100 to spare, the Fitbit is a portable tracking device you can wear on your wrist that logs, in real time, how many calories you’ve burned, how far you’ve walked, how many steps you’ve taken, and how many hours you’ve slept. It generates colorful graphs that chart your lifestyle and lets you measure yourself against other users. Essentially, the Fitbit is a machine that turns your physical life into a precise, analyzable stream of data.

Our data, ourselves - The Boston Globe

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