Combating Domestic Terrorism

by Anjana Rajan, with support from Jessica Cole and Samara Trilling

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In order to thwart mass gun violence caused by white supremacy extremists, witnesses must take action. An FBI study on active shooters shows that there were on average three distinct witnesses who observed concerning behaviors about the suspect prior to their attack. Unfortunately, nearly 60 percent of witnesses did not report to the police, resulting in many  missed opportunities to save lives. This low reporting rate can be solved through the use of a digital reporting escrow. Witnesses can report concerning behaviors into an escrow and their report would stay locked until a credible threshold of risk was met. This system motivates witnesses to report suspicious behavior while protecting the civil liberties of the accused.

Click below to view various resources for combating domestic terrorism, including a policy brief, a technical white paper, an app prototype, and case studies.

View the App Prototype

Explore the Trauma-Informed Design Framework
Read the Policy Brief
View the Escrow Infographic
Read the Case Studies

Read the Technical White Paper

Watch the Demo Day Presentation
Listen to the Podcast

Media Coverage

Watch a Tech & Society Interview with Anjana about the Project
View Anjana’s Keynote at the Workshop on Mechanical Design for Social Good