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Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

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… laboratory work, I wouldn’t put it past them. In fact, the website isn’t really about fighting crime (that’s for professionals, and Batman), but more about commenting on it, remembering it and making it accessible to the public.

A new beat for journalism

What makes Homicide Watch significant (aside from its motives, which are unquestionable) is what it might mean for journalism. Editor Laura Amico has described Homicide Watch as data-driven beat reporting built on a framework. …

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Crime-sourcing: the dark side of the crowd

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… Misha Glenny chose option 2, and then spent over two years infiltrating the murky world of cyber-crime. He uncovered a fast-growing, global industry. According to Glenny, cyber-crime bosses are adaptable, imaginative and eager to exploit new technology. They’re also phenomenal outsourcers – a single hack can involve a “distributed workforce” operating across continents. So maybe it’s not surprising that – just like many legit online businesses – the bad guys are now …

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Net cops: cybercrime and the crowd

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… – might play around a little with the law, but ultimately they put their genius toward battling crime bosses, evil corporations or psychotic sunglasses-wearing A.I.

But, as with spies, the Mafia and teenage wizards, when it comes to hackers the movie business has employed a generous dose of creative license. Shockingly, it turns out that what the authorities could really do with in the fight against cybercrime is not a Kung-Fu fighting Keanu, but help from the crowd.

Continental …

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Crowdsourcing Crime Part I: The Good Guys

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… how my favorite fictional P.Is would have coped with the recent rise of international, crowd-based crime fighters.

Sleuths in Seattle

A few blogs ago I wrote an impassioned plea (angry rant) about crowd efforts to fight speeding and car crime. Why don’t the police get onboard with apps like Waze I demanded? Well it turns out the cops are way ahead of me, at least those in the U.S home of rain, grunge and dubious romantic comedy, Seattle. After reading the blog, a friend of mine sent …

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A (cryptic) case for the crowd

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… But in reality, this is the exact scenario currently being acted out by America’s premier crime fighting (and conspiracy-theory-generating) agency: The FBI.

Mental man hunt

The FBI has a long history of working with the crowd. Ever since agents nailed up the first Most Wanted poster ( back in 1919 apparently ), citizens have been eager to aid “the Bureau” in the fugitive-catching business.

This March, the FBI published a unique appeal for crowd help. Here’s the story: …

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