Tag Archives: The Police

Who will police The Police?

Posted on by Santtu Parikka

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 …

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Crowdsourcing Crime Part I: The Good Guys

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Philip Marlowe, great detectives have generally been diehard loners. Never, even when faced with the most mind-mangling mystery do they shout out for help from the crowd. Which makes me wonder 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 …

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Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

“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, …

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Can crowdsourcing be used as a tool for evil?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… month’s Tag Challenge) about crowdsourcing and crime got me thinking.

It occurred to me that the Joker from The Dark Knight may be the first ever super-villain to use crowdsourcing for his own nefarious (probably my favorite “evil-doer adjective”) means. I’m talking about when the Joker interrupts regularly-scheduled programming to announce his intent to blow up a hospital unless somebody kills the guy who knows Batman’s identity.

When I first saw this, I remember thinking: …


Crowdsourcing democracy: was the Arab Spring over-hyped?

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… © Photos by Hanna Sistek @Sistek

This year, crowdsourced journalism has really “hit the headlines”. From journalists crowdfunding their own investigations, to The Guardian newspaper crowdsourcing its editorial policy.

Of course, the biggest crowdsourced news scoop of 2011 is the Arab Spring. From Morocco to Bahrain, citizens risked their lives to film, tweet and blog real-time on-the-ground reports. In the West, over-excited tech commentators discussed the great …

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