Chicago police using unique 'algorithm' to combat gun violence
- The Chicago police department is using a unique algorithm in its battle against armed violence, to figure out who is most likely to be involved in a shooting, either as a victim or perpetrator.
The computer programme takes into account various factors such as criminal records, gang affiliations, gunshot wounds already suffered, or the number of past arrests.READ MORE: California State Senate approves sweeping new gun control laws in response to San Bernardino terror attack
But the exact nature of the criteria used by the predictive algorithm is secret and controversial. The programme's principal designer Miles Wernick of the Illinois Institute of Technology, did not respond when contacted by AFP.
Critics say the secretive system violates freedoms by stigmatising people as having an "alleged propensity for violence."
But police justify the use of the algorithm by saying it ensures they focus resources on people who are most likely to commit gun violence or be threatened by it.(Excerpt) Read more at: channelnewsasia.com ...
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