The New York Times’ Somini Sengupta reports on new predictive policing programs being used in Seattle, WA. Using a combination of Google Maps, license-plate readers and computer algorithms, police are able to crunch data to predict where crimes are most likely to occur. Some worry about privacy and civil liberties issues. Meanwhile, Big Data analytics is also being used to better understand and reach out to potential political supporters. Calling it the “new electioneering,” the Times reports on one company that mines online data—particularly social media—and publicly available information to “quantify and measure voter emotion and opinion online.” (Registration may be required to access this story.) Editor’s Note: Somini Sengupta will be a featured moderator at today’s Navigate event in Portsmouth, NH.
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