"In aggregate, the photographs appear quite banal. In some ways that’s the terror-our own police department thought it necessary to map entire communities of people for no other reason than who they are or where they worship."
The NYPD’s new crime app might make you afraid to ride the subway ever again.
This photo of New York City police Lawrence DePrimo giving a pair of boots to a homeless man has gone viral after the NYPD put it up on its on its Facebook page. The good deed was snapped by a tourist from Arizona, who forwarded a written description— not, you understand, a formal statement— to the relevant department. The NYPD asked her to email the photo, she duly did so, they stuck it on Facebook and, voila, 275,000 “Likes” and 16,000-plus comments.
The New York Police Department and Microsoft have devised a terrorism detection system that will also generate profit for the city.
Although DAS is officially being touted as an anti-terrorism solution, it will also give the NYPD access to technologies that—depending on the individual’s perspectives—veer on science fiction or Big Brother to combat street crime. The City of New York and Microsoft will be licensing DAS out to other cities; according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City’s government will take a 30% cut of any profits. “Citizens do not like higher taxes, so we will (find other revenue outlets),” said Bloomberg. Bloomberg continued that “I hope Microsoft sells a lot of copies of this system, because 30% of the profits will go to us.”