Sunday, March 17, 2019

"Open 'Citizen' and you will see a familiar blue location dot . . . surrounded by other, often larger dots, in red and yellow. Each represents an incident . . . that may even be unfolding at the very moment"

John Herrman for NYT:

Particularly notable reports might have video, sometimes live, as well as a timeline of new developments, and a chat-scroll full of users discussing what they’re seeing

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The company employs teams of people to listen to police, fire and emergency radio transmissions and to submit certain categories of incident for including in the app

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If you install Citizen, and check it enough, chances are the app will ask you if you’re able to safely stream from a nearby scene.

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“There would be all kinds of ways they would pay,” he said. “The number of views when you went live, how long you went live, whether it became a ‘story,’”

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What Citizen wants from its users is less clear. There are no ads, and there is no way to pay for the app

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There are, however, hints that the company may see a role for itself on the inside of the emergency response infrastructure.
And speaking of modern crime detection: