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  • FBI asks Americans to help ID masked Islamic State jihadi. Good idea?

    The Christian Science Monitor - 10/08/2014

    Since the Boston bombing, police departments in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara County have adopted a technology called LEEDIR, which allows them to solicit and sort through crowdsourced evidence during a crisis. Determining when crowdsourcing helps and when it is counterproductive is still a work in progress, Martin Dias, an expert on information sharing, told Phys.org.

    “Those efforts that appear successful at the moment have tended to be centered around a particular crisis incident – such as a specific attack or missing person,” said Mr. Dias, a professor at the D’Amore McKim School of Business at Northeastern University in Boston. “But as more crowdsourcing public safety mobile applications are developed, adoption and use is likely to increase.”

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