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Neighbors party too loud? Just tell your app they're shooting off guns.

Crime and neighborhood watch app Citizen has ambitions to deploy private security workers to the scene of disturbances at the request of app users, according to leaked internal Citizen documents and Citizen sources. 

The plans mark a dramatic expansion of Citizen's purview. It is currently an app where users report "incidents" in their neighborhoods and, based on those reports and police scanner transcriptions, the app sends "real-time safety alerts" to users about crime and other incidents happening near where a user is located. It is essentially a mapping app that allows users to both report and learn about crime (or what users of the app perceive to be crime) in their neighborhood. The introduction of in-person, private security forces drastically alters the service, and potential impact, that Citizen may offer in the future, and provides more context as to why a Citizen-branded vehicle has been spotted driving around Los Angeles. The news comes after Citizen offered a $30,000 bounty against a person it falsely accused of starting a wildfire. 

"The broad master plan was to create a privatized secondary emergency response network," one former Citizen employee told Motherboard. Motherboard granted multiple sources anonymity to protect them from retaliation from the company. 

"It's been something discussed for a while but I personally never expected it to make it this far," another Citizen source told Motherboard.[/fiv]

Read more: https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7evbx/citizen-app-private-security-leaked-emails 

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I know of one thing that has been discussed in Silicon Valley, using the nearly ubiquitous location info within everybody's phone in that way. Someone has only point their phone camera at the perp on an app, and if the perp is carrying a phone that has location on, the app roughly calculates direction and distance and bingo...ID, photo, and tracked too. 

  

 

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11 hours ago, Mark K said:

I know of one thing that has been discussed in Silicon Valley, using the nearly ubiquitous location info within everybody's phone in that way. Someone has only point their phone camera at the perp on an app, and if the perp is carrying a phone that has location on, the app roughly calculates direction and distance and bingo...ID, photo, and tracked too. 

  

 

Great for stalkers, robbers, PI's and hitmen.

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19 minutes ago, Bus Driver said:

It sure feels like Florida and Texas are competing to enact the most absurd laws.

Uninformed/ignorant voters elect absurd politicians who enact even more absured laws. Wash, rinse, repeat.

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The Confederacy is getting stupider all the time. The USA is going to have to cut them loose if it wants to stop the rot.  

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On 5/24/2021 at 8:32 PM, jerseyguy said:

Who needs guns? Apparently the Texas legislature feels that Texans need easier access to firearms.

“Texas set to allow unlicensed handgun carry despite outcry”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/texas-poised-allow-unlicensed-carrying-223356313.html

Meh. Crime-ridden Vermont has been that way for decades. Oh, wait, they're not a high crime state. How can that be???

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40 minutes ago, Excoded Tom said:

Meh. Crime-ridden Vermont has been that way for decades. Oh, wait, they're not a high crime state. How can that be???

They are rural. Next strawman?

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