thepeoplesrecord: Hey, New York City friends: You’re going to…


Hey, New York City friends: You’re going to want to download NYCLU’s Stop & Frisk app

Stop and Frisk Watch” is a free and innovative smart phone application that empowers New Yorkers to monitor police activity and hold the NYPD accountable for unlawful stop-and-frisk encounters and other police misconduct.

The app is available in English on both Android andiPhone devices and Spanish in the Android version, thanks to a translation by Make the Road New York. Stop and Frisk Watch allows bystanders to fully document stop-and-frisk encounters and alert community members when a street stop is in progress.

It has three primary functions:

  • RECORD: This allows the user to film an incident with audio by simply pushing a trigger on the phone’s frame. Shaking the phone stops the filming. When filming stops, the user immediately receives a brief survey allowing them to provide details about the incident. The video and survey will go to the NYCLU, which will use the information to shed light on the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices and hold the Department accountable for its actions.
  • LISTEN: This function alerts the user when people in their vicinity are being stopped by the police. When other app users in the area trigger Stop and Frisk Watch, the user receives a message reporting where the police stop is happening. This feature is especially useful for community groups who monitor police activity.
  • REPORT: This prompts the survey, allowing users to report a police interaction they saw or experienced, even if they didn’t film it.

The app includes a “Know Your Rights” section that instructs people about their rights when confronted by police and their right to film police activity in public. Stop and Frisk Watch is intended for use by people witnessing a police encounter, not by individuals who are the subject of a police stop.

To uninstall be sure to uncheck “Lock Screen on Trigger” under the app’s “My Settings” tab. You will then be able to uninstall by accessing your phone’s application settings.

The NYCLU developed Stop and Frisk Watch with Jason Van Anden, a Brooklyn-based visual artist and software developer who previously developed the Occupy Wall Street app, “I’m Getting Arrested.”

You can download it for your iPhone or Android here.

thecraftychemist: 3D Printers May Be As Hazardous To Your…


3D Printers May Be As Hazardous To Your Health As Cigarettes, According To New Study

After conducting a landmark study on the airborne particle emissions from commercially available desktop 3D printers, researchers from the Illinois Institute of Technology are warning consumers this month of the health hazards associated with using 3D printers, going so far as to compare the use of the machines indoors to smoking cigarettes.

The study — which, according to, is the first of its kind — revealed that desktop 3D printers can spew a considerable amount of potentially harmful ultrafine particles (UFPs) into the air when used.

navajowotd: 12 hours left in the Indiegogo funding campaign for…


12 hours left in the Indiegogo funding campaign for a Navajo Language learning app. All funds go towards developing an awesome resource that’s comprehensive, interactive, and affordable!

Now’s your chance to help contribute towards carrying forward one of America’s indigenous languages! Every single contribution helps.

Donate here:

Ahéhee’! (Campaign ends midnight September 4)

futurejournalismproject: Delete Yourself From Web Services With…


Delete Yourself From Web Services With is a directory that allows you to permanently remove yourself from different web services such as Facebook, PayPal, Amazon, etc. 

Why can’t you just go to the listed sites on your own and delete yourself that way, you ask? It’s not that easy. 

A lot of sites have dark patterns — interfaces created to trick users into agreeing to terms they otherwise wouldn’t — and is designed to work around those patterns.

For example, Facebook’s Account Settings menu only offers people the option to deactivate their accounts, so many think that it’s not possible to completely delete themselves from the site; the “Delete Account” button can only be found if you hunt it down. With, you can click the Facebook link and be taken directly to the “Delete Account” page without all the hassle. even color codes web services by how difficult it is to delete yourself from each site, with green being the easiest, and black being impossible. (Good luck deleting yourself from Craigslist.) 

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