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Sex, Bugs, and Mobile Phones

Sex, Bugs, and Mobile Phones

Given at the "Tackling Epidemics Face On" evening at Birmingham Pint of Science 2015. Held in the Jekyll & Hyde.

Matt J Williams

May 19, 2015
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  1. Pint of Science 2015
    Jekyll & Hyde, Birmingham
    18 May 2015
    Sex, Bugs, and Mobile Phones
    Matt Williams
    University of Birmingham
    [email protected]
    http://www.mattjw.net
    @voxmjw
    [Jean-Yves Sgro]

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  2. [Sean Everton. 2012]

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  3. 93%adults in the UK
    that own a mobile phone
    61% own a
    smart phone
    [Ofcom. 2014]

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  4. vs
    2015
    [flickr/x1brett]
    2005

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  5. [flickr/janitors]
    Location – GPS
    Location – Cell tower
    Location – WiFi router
    Encounters – Bluetooth

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  6. [flickr/keyslibraries]

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  7. [flickr/profilerehab]

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  8. Stanley Milgram

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  9. [flickr/keyslibraries]

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  10. hubs like Mr Jacobs allow quick routes
    through a social network

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  11. % people
    num. friends + acquaintances
    most people typically have
    100-150 friends (inc. family)

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  12. % people
    200 followers 10 million
    followers
    60 million
    followers

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  13. # sexual partners
    % people
    [latora. 2006]
    Sexual partners in Burkina
    Faso, via interviews & surveys

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  14. [SciAm. Barabasi & Bonabeau. 2003.]
    before
    after
    Hub
    Vaccinated Hub

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  15. Cell tower logs...
    Ivory Coast:
    5 million users, 2012
    Senegal:
    9 million users, 2013
    Not only Bluetooth experiments...
    ...mobile phone service providers are also
    providing big support for research

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  16. ?
    [Julia Hyland]

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