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Description: Software enabling IBM to find patterns in crime data is one of thousands of so-called smart-city projects aimed at improving urban services around the world


Date: December 5, 2011

Memphis Police Lieutenant Paul Wright arrived at a shooting scene in the city’s Frayser neighborhood on Nov. 17, just as an ambulance was speeding away with the injured victim.

An instant later, a nearby officer pulled out an HTC Corp. smartphone to file a police report. Within an hour, the information would be scoured by International Business Machines Inc. software, helping the Memphis Police Department determine whether the incident was part of a widespread pattern.  READ REST OF STORY

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you feel that the use of data analytics in the area of crime prevention is always ethical? Why or Why not?
  2. What other areas of our society would benefit most from the use of this data analytics technology?

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