[Humanist] 26.113 crowdsourcing crime

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Jun 27 01:58:08 CEST 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 113.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

        Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:22:07 +1000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: crowdsourcing crime

Those here interested in crowdsourcing will at least be amused by the 
application thought up by the Metropolitan Police of London, as follows.


> **Images of suspected London rioters have been uploaded onto a
> mobile  app by police**
> A total of 2,880 pictures taken during widespread rioting and
> looting  last August are on Facewatch. At the touch of a button a user can select
 > a photo and then supply the name and address of that suspect.
> It is hoped more rioters will be caught as a result in this way -
 > known as crowd-sourcing. A further 2,000 CCTV images are on the app of
 > suspects in anti-social behaviour cases unrelated to the London riots.
> Met Police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, head of specialist
 > crime and operations, said: “This is a great opportunity for the public
 > to help us fight crime and bring those who remain outstanding to
 > justice. “We need Londoners to browse through the app every week or so
 > as new images will appear regularly. This is a fantastic way for
 > Londoners to help us to fight crime.”
> Facewatch can be downloaded for iPhone, Google Android and
> Blackberry.

More information about the Humanist mailing list