A tweet or phone call could be the answer to containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, according to mobile researchers .
Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), the body that represents mobile operators around the world, is in discussions with companies in Africa to use telecoms data to track the movement of people and in theory, understand the progression of Ebola. So far the disease has claimed the lives of 4,960 people, including one in the U.S.
How would it work?
The idea would be use call records from the millions of customers across affected areas and encrypt and anonymize the data. Researchers would then be able to see whether there was significant movement into or out of a highly infected area. This would allow authorities to prepare effective counter responses.