June 30, 2020
Time for the Federal Government and Commercial Tech to Step Up, Not Back

By Ian Allen Reading Vice President Mike Pence’s optimistic Coronavirus op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, “There Will Be No Second Wave,” reminded me of President Bush’s Mission Accomplished banner in 2003.  At that time, I was in the Marines, stationed in Virginia, angry that I missed out on the...

June 2, 2020
Spikes in Movement on Memorial Day

The first major US holiday of the summer season, Memorial Day, came with major spikes in gathering across the US.

May 14, 2020
COVID-19, Choices, War

Much has been made of our war footing – our War on COVID-19; our sacrifices, our mobilization (or lack thereof) of national resources, our state and federal leaders and the extraordinarily difficult choices before them.  One considers this and can’t help but recall our other wars on things: Poverty, Drugs,...

May 8, 2020
Hope and Science

I’ve been thinking a lot about hope this week. It’s hard, when we’re looking at the numbers of infected and the impact on the economy to have a lot of hope. But there are things that are helping me see a path forward. First of all, there’s the COVID Path...

May 1, 2020
Policy and Precedent, Again

COVID-19 isn’t a slow-motion train wreck – it feels faster than that (what day is it?).  Maybe it’s a half-speed wreck: slow enough to watch, to intervene, but you still need to run. The problem is that the wreck is in every direction.  Cities and states not only have to...

April 24, 2020
The Plural of Anecdote

Whether data is or is not “the plural of anecdote” is all in the analysis.  Numbers alone are not a narrative.  Or worse, (as in the other data aphorism) if you torture the data long enough it will tell you whatever you want to hear.  But leaving the data alone...

April 22, 2020
Good Friction

Product design is usually predicated on the idea that we want users to be able to, with the simplest interaction possible, take action. Our definitions of usability are frequently driven by easy, quick actions to reach some goals, cutting away at the unnecessary to get to good outcomes. What’s been...

April 18, 2020
Differential Privacy

Last time, we talked broadly about privacy and we used the term “differential privacy.” I first heard about this idea several years ago and I’ve been fascinated by how the math works and how it’s implemented. This post isn’t going to dive deep into the math - Damien Desfontaines blog...

April 17, 2020
Protecting Individual Privacy

Protecting individual privacy is critical to all of us at Camber Systems as we continue supporting the larger efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We want to protect against re-identification. We know that it has been a startling thing for many people to see the type of geospatial information...

April 16, 2020
On Entropy and Radius of Gyration

In our dashboard, we focused on two metrics that are extremely useful, driven by human mobility, and, for most people who don’t live and breathe this stuff, wonderfully obscure. Let’s try to make them a bit more understandable. Let’s start with radius of gyration. One colleague said that, when hearing...

April 14, 2020
On Ethics and Emergencies

It’s hard ignore the dangers of making policy in a panic; the enormous potential for action when a nation focuses its mind; the enormous potential for catastrophe when a nation gets blinded in its focus.

April 13, 2020
Camber Mobility Dashboard

In collaboration with epidemiologists and researchers at the COVID Mobility Data Network, Camber introduces mobility dashboard.