Victims of Crime in a Big Data World – Sandy Hook Parent’s letter with alarming crime statistics

Powerful words from a parent who lost a child in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

  • Can you imagine the following statistics included in the letter?

“According to the 2011-12 National Survey of Children’s Health, nearly half of America’s children will have suffered at least one childhood trauma before the age of 18. They need your love.”

  • We must assume at least half the children in the country (USA) will be a victim or experience a traumatic event related to violence.
    • What significance does this bring to a series on technology?
      • Common sense tells us a threat for a victim of crime would be the person who committed the crime or a person trying to protect the violent offender.
      • Before we had a reasonable expectation of privacy and countless laws protecting us.
      • When we have few opportunities for a threat we can rely on prayers and hope for the best.
    • When our quest for innovation promotes more at higher velocity, we are moving from innovators to something I am unable to put in words or assign a label.
      • Victims of crime are threatened by Big Data of certain types-Locator Data, photographs or images in any formats
  • We must prevent criminals from locating children or adults who’ve already been harmed by violence
  • We must prevent abusive partners from tormenting or kidnapping children to force the victim to their death.

Design for the rule, protect and prevent.

If we follow the approach and understand that when we design something, especially in relationship with kids we must assume the following;

  1. Economic Liability
    1. A child cannot accept terms therefore the assumption that your company is free from harm or covered legally based on forcing acceptance of terms at download;
    2. A child is not eligible for the rule of entering into an agreement with a legal entity.
    3. A child nor the parent can be liable for any commerce arrangement unless a parents authorization has been acquired on each application.
    4. Any BYOD and Mobile Device solutions must acquire a parents approval from a device large enough to read the terms.
      1. each photo image opportunity,
      2. on any research performed on a child and any behavioral profiling done with any of the same.
  2. Social and Public Privacy
    1. In some cultures a photograph of a person violates a spiritual belief
    2. Threats to a child in public and private life are long lasting – Ie; minors photographs with any sexually explicit images are associated with bullying and Sexting far too often.
    3. Any collector or provider in possession may be considered child pornography and illegal in the US.
    4. While we may be immediately inclined to inform a parent-it’s illegal to monitor without a parents expressed consent.
    5. Teenagers are finding the trust placed with a partner can be damaging to their reputation and in some cases the situation ends in death.

Here’s my argument with an understanding that I am a proven innovation expert. Not bragging, rather qualifying my ability to speak on innovation.


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