India: Facebook takes on traffic

Government 2.0 and Indian Traffic:  Can Facebook Save Us?

Government 2.0 and Indian Traffic: Can Facebook Save Us?

The New York Times reports that the Delhi Traffic Police have started using Facebook to go after New Delhi traffic scofflaws.  They have enlisted the help of the teaming masses in New Delhi to upload photos and go after the offenders.  Uptake has been impressive, if not a bit scary (given that many of the photos must have been taken while other drivers were driving :) )

This is a return to the civil service (and police service) proud long standing tradition of crowd sourcing.  9-9-9 (or 9-1-1- in the USA) were efforts born of a public safety need and a realization that the only way large cities could survive, especially in tough economic times, was to leverage the power of the crowd.  This simply adds the technical layer of mobile phones with cameras and a platform like Facebook.

By the way, their page is here.

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