Facial recognition and Facebook photos are being used to track down the identities of London rioters. But the technology, now more common than ever, could just as easily be used elsewhere--anywhere
Even with economic calamity dominating the headlines here in the US, it's impossible to escape the striking riot images currently coming out of London. For several days now, fires have been burning and shops have been getting ransacked by faceless looters. But, website LondonRioters.co.uk is trying to crowdsource the identities of the guilty parties, asking people on the web to point their digital finger at them to the authorities. But what would happen if the cops didn't need the crowd at all?