Thank you Candida as I agree that what's under the hood is more important than the initial perception of what the App may be. Typically Apps that perform well and produce data, especially big data, like this location App, evolve into something useful.
Many times really good Apps disappear into the background, meaning what it is this year it may not be next year. Shazam is a music identifier App which will soon become native to phones and the App itself will likely just go away as the functionality of it will be built in.
Also, thank you for providing insight as many are quick to pull a race card when in reality the developers really don't think about race when developing. Especially when the user could be anyone.
On the New Jersey turnpike there's a sketchy area around exit 2 where there's a town and their only income comes from giving out tickets. Was that a racist comment?? Actually, I have no idea who lives there but that court date was quite the sketchy experience.
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On Aug 8, 2014, at 2:05 AM, Candida Haynes <[address removed]> wrote:
The metadata around the people who choose to use the app and how they judge "sketchy" can be useful in describing far more than the neighborhood in question. Users are content - I can't see the privacy settings, but there is a gold rush for personal location data, and anyone who is using the app is giving it up. What they/we think we are producing when we use an app is often less important than what's happening under the hood, from a data standpoint, and there are some interesting extrapolations to pursue with an app like this one.
In the interest of full disclosure, I met Herrington briefly at NYC BigApps, and he was aware of the ways that his peers might potentially abuse the app and expose him to a shit storm. I had no advice for him, but I also understand that entrepreneurs take risks. The team's execution and how society uses the data will guide whether the app reinforces, exposes, or subverts racism/racists. I can also see how it might provide useful city data.
Lastly, I think a crowd-sourced map of race traps, Klan activity, etc. would be interesting, visually compelling, useful, and competitive for funding if the team is tight and you can connect with investors who understand the investment value of culture. It's more data for the big bucket and another way to generate important dialogue.
Okay, stay awesome!
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