By this point, it’s clear that we need to give global citizens a single frictionless tool they can use to report things they stumble upon that don’t belong then & there. This has clear security advantages & implications.

There are lots of unanswered questions when it comes to data mining under various security rationales.

In fact, one of our main objectives in developing an open-source CleanApp standard is to have these debates regarding data privacy v. public security in the open. 

We think everyone is better off when we have robust and well-informed data management protocols.  These protocols must, and do, protect legitimate privacy interests while giving appropriate law enforcement personnel limited access to anonymous trend or incident data, if the request is made pursuant to law, such as with a valid search warrant.

It’s hard to deny the value that can be gained from aggregated & properly analyzed CleanApp reports. Consider the issue of drug-litter, and the way public health personnel, families, and other interested parties can benefit from knowing where people are shooting up, smoking up, or cooking up.

Even though the millennial generation considers itself a generation of digital natives, we must remember that the 21st century will be defined by fierce jurisdictional fights.  We’re seeing these fights over regulatory authority, over OS interoperability, and proprietary v. open-source standards.  Without exaggeration, CleanApp’s a central faultline in the global tectonic shift we’re going through now.


Let’s strap on in, and get ready to do some cross-border CleanApping.