rDigital News: Stopping crime, Internet for all, and the Boyfriend Tracker

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The future is now. From tech that predicts crime to creating a connected world to  apps that aim to end cheating, this week’s headlines painted a picture of where technology might be taking society. And the future looks digital.

Here is our weekly roundup of digital news:

Tech to stop crime before it happens

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Minority report may become a reality. According to recent news reports, the Vancouver Police Department is working with technology that can predict where crimes are mostly likely to occur. The department predicts that the system will be ready for use by 2014.

Learn more about new-age crime-stopping here:

Is connectivity a human right?

Facebook connects more than 1.15 billion people each month, but founder Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that he plans to connect the entire world. “Internet.org” is an initiative that would bring Internet access to the every corner of the globe. “There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy. Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making Internet access available to those who cannot afford it,” says Zuckerberg.

For more on Facebook’s mission to connect the entire world, check out these links:

Google Play announces ‘Boyfriend Tracker’ app

While the debate over online privacy continue to be a contentious issue, there are some instances where users seem to be a-OK with mining personal data. The Brazilian “Rastreador de Namorados” app claims to act like a “private detective in your partner’s pocket,” promising to keep a watchful digital eye on philandering spouses. Though users snapped up this app while it was available, Google was forced to pull the program from its store after complaints.

Learn more about this app and the controversy surrounding it here:

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