On the Need for a Reputation System in Mobile Phone Based Sensing

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Executive Summary

The continual advancement in semiconductor technology has enabled vendors to integrate an increasing number of sensors, e.g., accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, high resolution cameras and others, in modern mobile phones. Combining with the ever expanding market penetration of mobile phones, the onboard sensors are driving the sensing community towards a new paradigm called participatory sensing in which ordinary citizens voluntarily collect and share information from their local environment using personal mobile devices. The inherent openness of this platform is a double-edged sword. While encouraging user participation on the one hand, it also makes it easy to contribute corrupted data.

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