Internet sleuths are attempting to solve real violent crimes, and some claim success, reports Chris Baraniuk. Is it time for the police to take them seriously? Once an accountant for Disney, he found himself suddenly unemployed in the aftermath of the credit crisis. He realised he had an uncommon amount of spare time. While reading the news in August , he found a story about Jaycee Lee Dugard, a child abducted in California 18 years earlier.
Some people have helped solve crimes with the help of the internet. The idea of brilliant amateur sleuths solving crimes in their spare time has always fascinated people. That's why old-school franchises like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys stayed popular for so long — everyone wanted to do what they did. Then, the internet came along. Suddenly, everyone was able to communicate with other online sleuths and armchair detectives became a thing. And although not every single hunch will turn into a successful arrest — just like for real detectives — it's still pretty fascinating what they can accomplish on the web. From stolen laptops to decades-old cold murder cases , here's what can happen when regular people use the internet to solve crimes the police can't or won't.
Citizen science CS ; also known as community science , crowd science , crowd-sourced science , civic science , volunteer monitoring , or online citizen science is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists. The term CS has multiple origins, as well as differing concepts. This describes a more limited role for citizens in scientific research than Irwin's conception of the term. The first recorded example of the use of the term is from , describing how volunteers across the US collected rain samples to assist the Audubon Society in an acid-rain awareness raising campaign.
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