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Buster Benson

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Big Brother, the iPhone app
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What if there was an iPhone (and eventually otherPhone) app that let you report crimes (optional picture + geo location + time stamp + description) to a database that was accessible to the police and the general public?  Would you use it to report crackheads?  Bad drivers? 

How would this change things?  Would we feel more or less safe?  More or less in control of our own fates?  Would we end up losing privacy?

Where would this lead us, as a culture?  Would better law enforcement and ground-up reporting result in a better or worse society?  

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from my perspective, people already contact the police too much about stupid crap. for example, calling them over and over about our new year's eve party last year, rather than just coming up to our door and knocking.

That's a good point.

But, it could be a demographic thing... if we opened it up to a broader audience perhaps the kinds of things being reported would change. Also, by increasing the amount of information being processed (calling the police directly seems to be inefficient and escalates the value of a single annoying neighbor) better filters and reputations could be used to determine where the real problems are.

I don't know... the annoying neighbor calls could be a fatal flaw in this argument.

maybe if it was a NYCstyle 311 service to report issues to the city it would be more helpful. turning citizens into iphone-enabled snitches seems like a whole lot of distrust-fostering trouble that could become dangerous.

Yeah. 311 is great, snitching-style pettiness seems dangerous.

Interesting... and very long. I'll read the rest later.

seems inevitable, really. May as well be the one to centralize it.

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