Use of CDRs to investigate disease spread

Dealing with call detail records generated by mobile telecom (i.e., Base Subscriber Subsystem, Mobile Switching Center, and Billing System) was my job during 2005-2010. In the old days, we used those massive data to profile customers and further design a geographical marketing offer, like Flexi Bebas Bicara. 

I just realized those data contain so much “knowledge” so that the “cell id” field in the data could help to reveal a disease outbreak. A very good example of social engineering and behavioral science!

The paper: Quantifying the Impact of Human Mobility on Malaria

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