Tag Archives: Seattle Police Department
December 13, 2010
… 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 me a link to this local news …
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February 23, 2010
A while back I had a bit of trouble with The Police. It’s not a period of my life I am proud of. Despite it happening years ago, I am only now able to talk about it.
The incident occurred when The Police were involved in the release of the song “Every Breath You Take”. In it, the lead singer Sting opines “How my poor heart aches”. I misheard the lyric as “I’m a pool hall ace,” often repeating the catchy lyric ironically …
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September 12, 2012
… experts are questioning whether this is a good idea. Mark Lowenthal, a former senior CIA and State Department analyst, provides a snappy argument to me and my fellow crowd-evangelists: “Crowds produce riots. Experts produce wisdom.”
The CIA’s project uses a modified version of the wisdom of crowds effect called Aggregative Contingent Estimation. While this may sound like a classic CIA euphemism the process is actually a carefully designed way to create a crowd of experts and …
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November 26, 2012
… “Homicide Watch DC” sounds like a cop drama, and to be honest it’s got the makings of a police procedural (especially for those of us familiar with the 5th season of The Wire ). Instead Homicide Watch is a crowdfunded, crowdsourced reporting project, covering every homicide in the District of Colombia.
This claim is so bold as to almost be suspect. More than a hundred people are murdered in the US capital every year. That’s a huge number of stories, requiring an awful lot …
May 9, 2012
… I’m no expert cyber-fraudster (my bank balance can conclusively prove this), I’m guessing that police would have trouble tracing the villain’s identity or bank details in 12 hours.
The Crowdsourcing Thug
This idea evolved from the “flash rob crimes” that hit Chicago last year, in which groups of thieves, coordinating via Twitter, contrived to show up at a certain store at a certain time to rob the place. A few of them were caught, but most got away (if you’re a store owner, …
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