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Are there examples of data-driven precrime analytics working?

Asked by Polaris (74points) April 26th, 2016

In the U.S. or anywhere else. Kind of like the movie Minority Report, but not fake and cartoonish. It’s the real deal. The technology has been out there since at least 2011. I think the technical term used in Law Enforcement is, or used to be, “forecasting”.

So, examples where personal data has been collected, datamined with predictive analytic algorithms, and prevention of a crime from happening by that person – including terrorism. Is there documented evidence of such a thing?

Note: I realize the NSA/FBI & GCHQ/MI-5 are not able to publish such ..twartings in order to keep the (~cough~ illegal and extra-Constitutional) data sources secret for “national security” reasons, but have any examples been published?

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Call_Me_Jay's avatar

“Cure Violence, founded by University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health Epidemiologist Gary Slutkin, M.D…stops the spread of violence in communities by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control – detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating the highest risk individuals, and changing social norms.”


On the street level they watch for signs of an impending fight (like a gang retaliation) and send in trusted community members to calm things down.

On the individual level they identify individuals with a high risk of being victims or perpetrators of violence (often it’s both) and trying to change their behavior.

msh's avatar

I don’t believe that you will be able to find a great deal of statistical data nor published/online information that will be highly reliable. Laws and public morays will alter any release of notable data collections that even smacks of intentional collection or useage ( no matter the age of the information sought or used.)
Different countries, on the otherhand, may collect “foreign data” -legally via international agreements, international internet law differences, etc., that classifies, sorts, follows and forecasts individual’s or group activities. Sharing of such data is amazingly not under as strict of regulation as one might expect. It is easily done.
One thought that I have held in esteem which has grown evermore possible with science, technology and intellectual developmental changes and morality: In the past, those who wrote or dreampt of ideas outside of the norm, were labeled as unpleasant figures, to sci-fi enthusiasts, to spy-thriller fictional creators…etc. ( Poor Galileo! ) Now, however, if it has been thought, dreamt, envisioned, or hypothesized- it is already in stages of creation somewhere else in the world- or beyond.
Your question, if ironically viewed, already has laws supporting it’s existence, ‘on the books’.
Scary, eh?
But, that’s just IMO, for any records, uh, anywhere….

fredTOG's avatar

Yes, but if I told you I would have to kill you!

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