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Metropolis POV brings news of UCLA's Center for Embedded Network Sensing, which is about to launch a "platform that will allow citizens to document trends in their built environment using their mobile phones." The idea is for users to take pictures of activity they're concerned about in their communities, with campaigns around specific issues, like invasive plants or water usage. The information is geocoded and sent to a database. Will this be an awesome way for people to get involved with their surroundings or will it devolve into digital busybodying? Free iPhone and Android apps will be available in the next few weeks. [Metropolis POV]


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