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On April 15, 2013 there was a tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon. Almost instantly pictures and videos of "suspects" started to appear on the web. Was this a good thing? Do you have concerns?
Technicitizen's Watch, A Far Cry from Orwellian 1984
Apr 28, 2013 James B29

1984 warned off excessive government intrusion resulting in a loss of privacy and leads to oppression. However, the concept of crowdsourcing may protect some of the civil liberties, while at the same time offering up a strong deterrent to crime. Similar to the neighborhood watch programs so common today, social media crowdsourcing can provide valuable information and may even act as a deterrent.

Of course, you may have abuses early on in the program. You can find those in the neighborhood watch program. However, giving people the responsibility to observe and report can help make our cities a little safer. How often has someone walked by a crime and failed to get involved, thinking someone else would report it to the authorities. An wireless alert network could serve a valuable purpose. People could immediately see if someone else was getting involved. Human's tend to be herd creatures.

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