Tuesday, April 24, 2012

iPhone / Android App – To Combat Loudmouth Skirt Chasers

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Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Jackson Heights) have greenlighted $20,000 worth of research hoping to develop an easy way for folks to report forceful flirtation and other forms of street harassment, the Daily News has learned…

The app allows women to upload pictures and stories about unwanted advances.

The city hopes to expand the Hollabck! app by allowing users to report the catcalling.

“The city should know where street harassment is happening, why it is happening, and how it can respond,” said Hollaback! cofounder Emily May, 31, who heads ihollaback.org and its 52 sister sites in places like Boston and Brussels.

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Couldn't they just make a FaceBook Page?! Would cost a lot less than USD 20,000.

Think about it. One could upload pictures and give details about the incident. FaceBook does have the option to add or share the location. Given that you are going to be taking a picture and uploading it – you could always use the Geo Tagging option.

All that said, I am sure pointing pepper spray in the general direction would be more effective as opposed to pointing your iPhone / Android handset.

A bit surprising that the city council couldn't come up with a better way to blow away USD 20,000. If there is one thing these people are good at – it is wasting money in most creative ways.

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