I’ve read a provocative question, and went through it’s closed topics trying to reply to it, but they seem to be old so I’m making a new topic here. Here’s the question:
Continuing the old discussion topics
I’ll take a swing at this. There is some good material to read on these forums as well, but you took the time to ask this time it so I think the community should take the time to answer again.
It is unbalanced to only consider one possibility of technology. MaidSafe’s SAFE Network allows security for everyone, which will affect good and bad people, just as large scale surveillance of today affects both good and bad people.
I’ll be more specific to your question. Whistleblowing, or the act of giving anonymous tips of wrong doing, is a large global theme for SAFE. It allows anyone in the world who knows sensitive information about any crime to shed light on it anonymously, safely, and without being censored. If someone knows of human trafficking, or any other crimes being committed, then at any given moment they have the ability to tell the rest of the world without repercussion, identification, or censorship. That is insanely powerful and I think could actually tip the balance of crime into a much lighter direction than you are supposing.
tl;dr SAFE would actually be perhaps the strongest tool to counteract crime safely, in the world, with future apps built to organise people against it.