smart phone app designed to avoid high crime areas racist?

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    An in-development Microsoft smart phone app designed to help drivers and pedestrians avoid unsafe neighborhoods is proving controversial among some minority rights groups that find the software potentially discriminatory.

    The as-of-yet unnamed product is being referred to as the “Avoid The Ghetto” app by those who are concerned with where it will guide users.

    “I’m going to be up in arms about it if it happens,” said Dallas NAACP President Juanita Wallace.

    Wallace spent her afternoon at a rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and said she felt safe there, but fears the app may project otherwise.

    “Can you imagine me not being able to go to MLK Blvd. because my GPS says that’s a dangerous crime area? I can’t even imagine that,” she said.

    Microsoft says the app will use crime statistics to determine what parts of town are to be avoided. But it’s unclear where the data will come from and how it will be interpreted.

    Microsoft has filed a patent for the app, but the actual product is unnamed and not available yet.

    Opponents like Wallace fear it could hurt minority communities.

    “It’s almost like gerrymandering,” she said. “It’s stereotyping for sure and without a doubt; I can’t emphasize enough, it’s discriminatory.”

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    Not at all.

    All the app does is chart crime data that is public record on a map.
     
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    I think it's a good idea.
    The NAACP doesn't like the "ghetto" reference. They must assume that everyone in an area such as this is black. I find that racist
     
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    I was in my car yesterday listening to talk radio about this subject.

    Self identified black people were calling in and screaming that the application was racist against blacks.

    Because the areas with the most crime highlighted by the app were basically the "Hood"

    Plus, the callers claimed it would destroy minority business because people would avoid shopping in these areas.

    As though most people drive from the suburbs to the ghetto to go shopping. :cuckoo:
     
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    A friend showed me an app on her phone that maps local sex offenders. There are several living in our town. I think it's a great idea and it is public info.

    Tough shit if some people don't agree. Maybe if it hurts businesses, they'll get together and try to solve the problem, since the govt. isn't doing a very swell job.
     
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    I know that info has been on the Internet for awhile now. We too have a few sex offenders locally. I also have a "Cop Radio" app - it's been very helpful avoiding speed traps, accidents, etc.
     
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    Personally, I would love to have that app on my phone.

    Because if I was driving in a city that I was unfamiliar with.

    I would feel much safer being directed around high crime area's.

    Than unknowingly driving thru them and becoming a statistic.
     
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    I don't have a smart phone now....
    If they have this I will have to get one now....
    I don't want to go into unsafe areas.
    If my office dispatches me to one I can get out of it
    or demand hazard duty pay....

    This is good stuff!
     
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    What's it do ? Fire off a warning whistle when it detects you 1/2 a mile from any Martin Loser King blvd on earth ?
     
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    You get that lady's voice that says
    "When possible make a legal U turn"....
    And get your ass outta there.

    Let's face it black people in their hood
    don't really want white people in there anyway...
     

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