Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Citizens Concepts: The Patriotapp

Here's the website.

SO, these folks have built themselves an iPhone called the patriotapp. Here's what they say about it:

"...the word's first iPhone application that empower citizens to assist government agencies in creating safer, cleaner, and more efficient communities.... This app was founded on the belief that citizens can provide the most sophisticated and broad network of eyes and ears necessary to prevent terrorism, crime, environmental negligence, or other malicious behavior."

This is downright scary, this application is capable of letting a person take photos and send those photos along with a write-up to various government agencies including FBI, EPA, GAO, and CDC. this sure smacks of the DHS's "If you see something, say something," campaign, which now is at your local Wal-Mart store.

The website states the applications several uses:
  • Enable citizens to record and communicate the following:
  • National Security
  • Suspicious Activities
  • Crime
  • Government Waste
  • Environmental Crime or possible violations
  • White Collar Crime
  • Workplace Harassment
  • Discrimination, or other violations
  • Public Health Concerns

This basically is another way for the government to build information on the citizens they are supposed to be protecting. The potential for this application to be misused is exponential. People will be turning the neighbors in for blocking each other's drive ways, playing their music too loud, or collecting information for the government, such as how many guns a guy sees his neighbor with. This app gives people the incentive to actually spy on their neighbors.

On the other hand, however, this touted as a new 911 service that can help the authorities respond even faster with better information. But at what cost? How many potential resources could be wasted when a neighbor gets upset at another and decides to send that message to the FBI or DHS? Is this app going to solve problems or cause new ones.

Lets not forget we have folks calling 911 to complain about their fast food.

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