A group of students at M.I.T. have set aside their privacy and volunteered to become guinea pigs in an experiment which examines digital trails, and the information that can be extracted from them. Using this “collective intelligence” researchers hope data can be gathered from which valuable and hidden insights can be gleamed.

The New York Times reports:

Mr. Brown and about 100 other students living in Random Hall at M.I.T. have agreed to swap their privacy for smartphones that generate digital trails to be beamed to a central computer. Beyond individual actions, the devices capture a moving picture of the dorm’s social network.

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