Launched in September, the PatriotApp allows people to report criminal or suspicious activity to several federal agencies, including the FBI, EPA, CDC and GAO (Government Accountability Office), the office responsible for investigating public funds. It also includes RSS feeds for the FBI’s Most Wanted list and the Department of Homeland Security’s threat level, and allows people to report workplace harassment and discrimination.
. . .Playing off the Patriot Act name, “the app was founded on the belief that citizens can provide the most sophisticated and broad network of eyes and ears necessary to prevent terrorism, crime, environmental negligence, or other malicious behavior,” according to Patriotapps.com.
by Greg Hedgepath on December 15th, 2010
You might think an app with such a patriotic name might have useful functions like a pocket constitution or quotes from our forefathers. But contrary to the services one might expect, this app allows users to report any ‘suspicious’ behavior directly linking them with top government agencies.
Much like the new DHS program ‘If you see something, say something’ this app is meant to turn average citizens into a network of spies feeding information back to the federal government.
Suggestion. Here is a harmless and fun way to play “spy”
Spy Pix is an essential tool for any spy who wants to hide and send secret messages in plain view.
Maybe you’re an international spy who needs to send a covert message to a fellow operative. Or you’ve just infiltrated enemy headquarters and need to transmit top secret plans. Or perhaps you have an embarrassing photo of your friend that you want to hide in plain view.
Spy Pix uses steganography, which comes from the Greek words steganos (“covered”) and graptos (“writing”), to hide one image inside of another decoy image. To a casual viewer, only the decoy image is seen. However, for a seasoned spy, the image can be decoded with Spy Pix to reveal the hidden message