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The App That Sparked a Manhunt

Two weeks ago, Citizen made its first foray into real-world crime solving. It didn’t go well.

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Episode Notes

Two weeks ago, as wildfires burned north of Los Angeles, the crime app Citizen offered $30,000 for information that would lead to the arrest of a suspected arsonist. They had the wrong guy.

Why is Citizen offering bounties in the first place? And what does this bounty debacle say about the app’s aspirations for the future?

Guest: Joseph Cox, reporter at Motherboard

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Every Friday, Slate’s popular daily news podcast What Next brings you TBD, a clear-eyed look into the future. From fake news to fake meat, algorithms to augmented reality, Lizzie O’Leary is your guide to the tech industry and the world it’s creating for us to live in.

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