“Can injustice survive transparency?” the video then asked.

No wonder it was then booted off Apple’s App Store shortly after Gizmodo reported the app’s potential to cause harm, as well as the NYPD’s warning not to engage in this sort of behavior. Its intended user base was essentially Travis Bickle.


Not much seems to have changed under its new title of Citizen other than the new branding. One feature which allowed users to report crimes in progress directly has been removed on a version of the app obtained by Gizmodo.

Nothing has changed about Citizen’s core inspiration, which seems to be that empowering random members of the public to engage in mass surveillance is a good thing. Just note that putting yourself at risk will not entitle you to a slice of that $12 million.


We’ve reached out to Citizen for comment, and will update this post if we hear back.

[Government Technology]