Iranian youth get app to dodge morality police

This is an app like Trapster and Waze, but rather than crowdsourcing speed traps it crowdsources locations of Iran’s morality police.

“An anonymous team of Iranian app developers have come up with a solution to help young fashion conscious Iranians avoid the country’s notorious morality police known in Persian as “Ershad” or guidance.

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“Ershad personnel have a very extensive list of powers ranging from issuing warnings and forcing those they accuse of violating Iran’s Islamic code of conduct, to make a written statement pledging to never do so again, to fines or even prosecuting offenders.

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“The data for the app is crowdsourced. It relies on users to point out the location of the Ershad vans on maps and when a sufficient number of users point out the same point, an alert will show up on the map for other users. When the number decreases, the alert will fade gradually from the map.”

More at the BBC, PC Magazine, Engadget.
(Contributor: Haym Hirsh)

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Iranian youth get app to dodge morality police