San Francisco is not only a seat of empire in the United States, it’s also ground-zero for the surveillance state. Through social media and the various apps that have been created in Silicon Valley, people are tracked voluntarily through technology disguised as a means of helping rather than of controlling people.
The new Concrn app is no different. It uses people’s natural, instinctual empathy to help others by reporting homeless people to some authority that will track that person, record their image and location and what sort of mental state they’re in. This is an intrusive technology that we feel is not what it reports itself to be and instead of helping homeless people, it hurts them.
Listen to out conversation: CONCRN
Debbie Lusignan, also known as Sane Progressive, gives an example of how to research CONCRN(2). Her critical analysis and research of who is funding CONCRN adds a layer of depth to this story that you may not be aware of.
Business Insider article referenced: San Francisco’s homelessness crisis is so dire, there’s now a 911 alternative to get people on the street instant help — here’s how it works: https://www.businessinsider.com/concrn-app-helps-san-francisco-homeless-2018-4
Concrn app web site: https://concrn.org
- Crisis Response App ‘Concrn’ Recruiting Tenderloin Street Team Volunteers on Hoodline: https://www.hoodline.com/2016/03/crisis-response-app-recruiting-tenderloin-volunteers
- App Allows You to Call Mental Health Volunteers to Help the Homeless on Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/mental-health-app-to-help-homeless#1