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The Problem with Crowdsourcing Crime Reporting in the Mexican Drug War

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#international#web center_img andres monroy hernandez There has been some excitement about the idea of using technology to address the problems of the Mexican Drug War. As someone involved in technology, I find it inspiring that other techies are trying to do something to end the conflict. However, I also worry when I read ideas based on flawed assumptions. For example, the assumption that “good guys” just need a safe way to report the “bad guys” to the cops reduces the Mexican reality to a kid’s story, where lines are easily and neatly drawn.So, here are a few reasons why building tools to enable citizens to report crime in Mexico is problematic and even dangerous.Anonymity does not depend only on encryption. Criminals do not need to rely on advanced crypto-techniques when information itself is enough to figure out who leaked it. Similar ideas are being discussed by researchers trying to figure out how to identiy future Wikileaks-like collaborators, something they call Fog Computing. The point is, the social dynamics around the Drug War in Mexico mean that people are exposed when they post something local. In an era of big data, it’s easy to piece things together, even if the source is encrypted. And, sadly, when terror is your business, getting it wrong doesn’t matter as much.Criminal organizations, law enforcement, and even citizens are not independent entities. Organized crime has co-opted individuals, from the highest levels of government down to average citizens working with them on the side– often referred to as “halcones.”Apprehensions do not lead to convictions. According to some data, “78% of crimes go unreported in Mexico, and less than 1% actually result in convictions.” Mexico is among those countries with the highest indices of impunity, even with high-profile cases such as the murder of journalists. All this is partly because of high levels of corruption.Criminal organizations have already discovered how to manipulate law enforcement against their opponents–there is even a term for it: “calentar la plaza“– the sudden increase of extreme violence in locations controlled by the opposite group, with the sole purpose of catching the attention of the military, which eventually takes over, and weakens the enemy.The failure of crowdsourcing became evident only a few weeks ago with a presidential election apparently plagued with irregularities. Citizens actively crowdsourced reports of electoral fraud and subsequently uploaded the evidence to YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Regardless of whether those incidents would affect the final result of the election, the institutions in charge seem to have largely ignored the reports. One can only imagine what would happen with the report of highly profitable crimes like drug trafficking.Crowdsourcing is not entirely flawed in the Mexican context, though. We have seen people in various Mexican cities organize organically to alert one another of violent events, in real time. But these urban crisis management networks do not need institutions to function. However, law enforcement does, unless one is willing to accept lynching and other types of crowd-based law enforcement.In sum, as Damien Cave mentioned, what Mexico needs is institutions, and the people willing to change the culture of impunity. Technologies that support this kind of change would be more effective than those imagined with a “first world” mindset.Thanks to danah boyd for helping me think through some of these ideas.Top image: Frontpage / Shutterstock.com Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Warriors hold off Kings

first_imgMOST READ Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and matched his season-high with six 3-pointers, and the Warriors held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 119-104 on Friday night.“You can see the light at the end of the tunnel for a little refresher but at the end of day we’ve got work to do to get to that break so we have to find a way,” Curry said. “If we don’t build the right habits and have the right spirit around our team going into the break, that could carry over and you don’t want to have that kind of negative energy around the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThree nights after getting blown out in Utah while suffering their worst loss of the season, the Warriors looked a little sluggish early before pulling away to even the season series with Sacramento and give coach Steve Kerr his 248th career victory.Golden State also improved to 11-0 in games following losses while spoiling Sacramento coach Dave Joeger’s return to the bench. AFP official booed out of forum NU recovers, beats Adamson in season opener Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, left, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry go for the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Stephen Curry said it’s understandable that the Golden State Warriors are easing up a bit as the All-Star break approaches.The two-time NBA MVP also realizes it’s critical that the defending champs push through the tough times.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextcenter_img “It’s a lot of stuff that we can correct,” Durant said. “Stick to our fundamentals and we’ll cut those turnovers down. But for the most part I like where our defense was.”Curry added 23 points and six assists, Klay Thompson scored 20 points and Green had 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Golden State.Both teams were playing the front end of back-to-back games.Durant, who missed an easy uncontested layup on a drive from the baseline, fueled the win despite sitting out much of the first half following Golden State’s slow start. He scored 15 points in the second quarter on 6-for-7 shooting, had a key three-point play early in the fourth and then helped the Warriors close out the win late.Zach Randolph had 18 points and seven rebounds, Justin Jackson scored 17 and De’Aaron Fox added 16 point and six assists for Sacramento.Joerger, who was called for a technical in the fourth quarter, returned after briefly dropping to his knees during Sunday’s game in San Antonio. Joerger missed the remainder of that game and did not coach in New Orleans on Thursday.“It was a good game,” Joerger said. “I was propping up my beverage over there to keep me hydrated.”DEEP AND DEEPERThe Warriors won another lopsided game despite being without Shaun Livingston (personal reasons), Jordan Bell (left ankle), Andre Igoudala (rest) and David West (rest).“That’s just the beauty of having a deep team,” Durant said. “We could give guys like (Kevon) Looney and Omri (Caspi) and Patty (McCaw) those minutes. It’s an opportunity for the young guys to step up. It’s only going to make us better as a group.” Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH TIP-INSWarriors: It wasn’t the crispest of games but it was a much better effort than Golden State had in their 129-99 loss to Utah. Most encouraging for Kerr’s team was that they rallied after falling behind by double digits early in the first, with the comeback coming while four of the starters were on the bench. That depth continues to be the Warriors best weapon.Kings: Sacramento had a chance to take control early in the game but couldn’t sustain the early momentum. The defense, which helped start the comeback in the fourth, fell apart late and allowed the Warriors to shoot 55 percent for the game.UP NEXTWarriors: At Denver on Saturday.Kings: Host Dallas on Saturday. “When we lose our guys get a little angry and then their talent takes over,” Kerr said. “Nothing magical about it.”It wasn’t easy keeping that streak going.Sacramento trailed by 14 before pulling to 89-88 with 7:55 remaining following three consecutive baskets by Buddy Hield.Omri Casspi stopped the slide for the Warriors with a driving layup, Draymond Green added a three-point play and Nick Young made a 3-pointer. Durant then scored the next 10 points for Golden State, including back-to-back 3s.The Warriors committed 25 turnovers but the Kings rarely took advantage and finished with 19 points off the miscues.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

Ravi Shastri appointed director of Indian cricket team

first_imgRavi ShastriThe Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday appointed former cricketer Ravi Shastri as director of the Indian team, which has been widely panned for its dismal performance in the ongoing series against England.Shastri will now control and handle the team with its coach Duncan Fletcher reporting to him for the One Day International series against England. Shastri will also coordinate with chief selector Sandeep Patil and captain MS Dhoni.”In culmination of the discussions among all the office-bearers of the BCCI over the last couple of weeks, the BCCI has decided to avail the services of former India captain, Mr Ravi Shastri, to oversee and guide the Indian cricket team for the forthcoming one-day international matches against England,” BCCI said in a statement on Tuesday.Bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penny have also been sacked. Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun have been appointed assistant coaches while R Sridhar has been made the fielding coach.The BCCI’s move to put an Indian on top of the team pyramid is unprecedented. During the 2007 World Cup, the BCCI had sacked coach Greg Chappell, making Shastri the interim coach for the next series against Bangladesh.Here is the BCCI press release on Shastri’s appointment:RAVI SHASTRI APPOINTED DIRECTOR, INDIAN TEAM, FOR THE ONE-DAY SERIES AGAINST ENGLANDIn culmination of the discussions among all the office-bearers of the BCCI over the last couple of weeks, the BCCI has decided to avail the services of former India captain, Mr. Ravi Shastri, to oversee and guide the Indian cricket team for the forthcoming one-day international matches against England.  Mr. Duncan Fletcher will continue as Head Coach while Ravi Shastri will be the overall in-charge of Cricket affairs of the Indian Team.advertisementIn their continuing efforts to re-energise the support to the team, the BCCI has given a break to the bowling coach Mr. Joe Dawes and the fielding coach, Mr. Trevor Penney, for the one-day series, and appointed Mr. Sanjay Bangar, former Indian all-rounder, and former India fast bowler Mr. Bharat Arun as the Asst. coaches of the team. Mr. R. Sridhar will join the support team as the fielding coach for the one-day series.Sanjay PatelHony. SecretaryBCCIlast_img read more

Sisi Rondina takes tough UST loss in stride ‘as long as we learned something’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Going up against a double block, Rondina tried to squeeze the ball down the sideline but the space was too tight that she connected with the antenna giving the final point to Ateneo, which improved to 7-1.“I just had to laugh earlier because when I hit the ball it was over, I was the one that let my team lose because a lot would’ve happened if I scored that one,” said Rondina. “I’ll accept this loss with my heart as long as we’ve learned something from this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US figure skater Mariah Bell probed for reportedly injuring South Korean rival Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There were a lot of missed chances for Cherry Rondina and University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.The Tigresses had the chance to get shared ownership of the top spot, but Ateneo came back from a two-set deficit and stunned the Golden Tigresses, 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11, despite Rondina’s historic performance.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Rondina finished with 35 points, the most a Golden Tigress has scored in a single game in the Final Four era, but she missed a chance to cap the historic performance with a win as UST settled for the third spot in the standings at 5-3.“We always say ‘what if’ but someone has to win,” said Rondina in Filipino. “Someone won, we just have to learn from what we did today. We fell short, that’s it, the kids still lack experience.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRondina is on her fifth year and is no doubt one of the most experienced players in the league but her teammates like Eya Laure, Mafe Galanza, Rachelle Roldan, and Kecelyn Galdones—all of whom played in the fifth set—still has some learning to do especially in the collegiate level.Despite Rondina’s heroism, her final attempt was what ultimately doomed UST. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Film on Colten Boushie case wins 10000 prize at Hot Docs festival

first_imgTORONTO — A film about the killing of a young Indigenous man in Saskatchewan has won a top prize at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.Tasha Hubbard’s “nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up” has won the best Canadian feature documentary award, which comes with a $10,000 cash prize.The film, which opened the festival, is about the case of Colten Boushie.The 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation was shot to death after the vehicle he was in drove onto a farm property near Biggar, Sask., in 2016.Last year, a jury acquitted farmer Gerald Stanley of second-degree murder after he testified his gun went off accidentally as he was trying to scare off young people on his property.The Hot Docs jury said the film “has created a lasting document that brings together past and future to illuminate oppression and resilience.”Other Hot Docs award winners announced Friday night include Matt Gallagher’s “Prey,” which won a $5,000 special jury prize for its look at a sexual abuse survivor who takes on the Catholic church in an Ontario court.The emerging Canadian filmmaker award, which comes with a $3,000 cash prize, went to Emily Gan for “Cavebirds.”Pailin Wedel’s “Hope Frozen” won the $10,000 best international feature documentary award.The $50,000 Rogers Audience Award for best Canadian documentary will be announced as the festival wraps on Sunday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more