Monthly Archives: August 2004

New I-Neighbors service from MIT

Keith Hampton at MIT is making publicly available his I-Neighbors service. It lets you find, or create, an online presence for your block or neighborhood. Unlike previous incarnations in the commercial realm, which were hot a few years back, this … Continue reading

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When Reputation Systems Are Worse Than Useless

A paper by Ely, Fudenberg, Levine, titled When is Reputation is Bad?, analyzes mathematical models of situations where public reputations make it harder, not easier, to sustain good behavior. I’ll start with their example of a car mechanic who prefers … Continue reading

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Dynamic ride sharing in the Bay Area

A couple weeks ago, I spent some time with Dan Kirschner (see slideshow), a long-time ride-sharing activist from Berkeley, who is trying to launch dynamic, computer-assisted ride-matching on the I-80 corridor going into and out of San Francisco. Unfortunately, I … Continue reading

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