The Openstreetmap page talks about anonymizing results, but I don't see how this can happen. OSM currently requires a login to upload data, and it is necessary that they be able to prove who uploaded what. If they don't have this transparency, they will not survive the first lawsuit from any mapping company that wants to shut them down (and I imagine they probably all do). --ldarwin
What I'd like to see is to have the routing application using OSM data(Maybe something based on navit) ask you if you want to start logging when you go off of a known road. Maybe even have you touch the screen everytime you switch roads after that. With that feature I could see OSM growing very quickly. --dcsmith
An anonymising proxy would simply work by having all the GPS tracklogs uploaded to it, from users wishing to stay anonymous. These would already have the tracks anonymised by chopping off the ends at a user-configurable random distance from 'home/...'. Then, up to a month later (randomly), under its own username the proxy would connect to OSM, and upload each track.
These are _not_ roads. They are merely collections of GPS points.
There would need to be some way to track back GPS points to the originator - it would probably be around the right balance to have the OSM administrators able to see psuedonymised IDs - which would let them see a group of tracks, and then the proxy admin could be contacted by them if they needed to contact the original sender for some reason. --Speedevil 12:10, 8 June 2007 (CEST)