I’ve enjoyed following this on tumblr. It seems this is a crowd-sourced data project, really. Note the “repeat offender” tags with the police vehicle number. Shouldn’t this be a web service…
id NOT NULL, IS PRIMARY KEY
table[_neighborhoods, boroughs, police_vehicle_types, submitters…]
API for submitting sightings - build your own app, anonymize submissions through TOR or some shit (I don’t know this stuff).
Rich Flash-like dashboard HTML5/jQuery interface for searching & analyzing data, pointing out trends, making raw material for stupid infographics.
Stupid cops in my bike lanes! I’ll find out who you are and bitch to someone about you!!!
As one of our great nation’s founding fathers and founding postmaster general* Benjamin Franklin once said: “Start using data collection on the man, before the man uses data collection on you.”
*a pretty dang cool achievement, really - doesn’t something like Bitcoin prove that the democratic post office as enshrined in our basic judicial precepts - the privacy of sealed postmarked letters being legally binding and all - a secure method for private exchange of data with public proof & verification - is essential to a free society?