True crime is big money these days–as is surveillance capitalism–and now Amazon seems to have a plan on cashing in on both in a unique, synergistic, somewhat chilling fashion. A new report claims the Big Tech goliath is looking to harness one of their recent billion-dollar acquisitions, the doorbell company Ring, to deliver local crime alert news based at least in part on front door surveillance cameras and geo-local smartphone app data.
A new job description posted by Amazon describes the duties of a managing editor for the new endeavor:
The Managing Editor, News will work on an exciting new opportunity within Ring to manage a team of news editors who deliver breaking crime news alerts to our neighbors. This position is best suited for a candidate with experience and passion for journalism, crime reporting, and people management. Having a knack for engaging storytelling that packs a punch and a strong nose for useful content are core skills that are essential to the success of this role. The candidate should be eager to join a dynamic, new media news team that is rapidly evolving and growing week by week.
The doorbell company Ring owns an app called Neighbors, which has been accused of stoking paranoia in the suburbs. It is ostensibly a next-generation “see something, say something” concept that happens to integrate real-time surveillance data from smart home systems.
The Neighbors App is the new neighborhood watch that brings your community together to help create safer neighborhoods. With real-time crime and safety alerts from your neighbors, law enforcement and the Ring team, the Neighbors App proactively keeps you in the know. Criminals target neighborhoods, not individual homes. But with real-time crime and safety alerts from your neighbors, you’ll stay one step ahead of crime.
Whether this is an example of one of the biggest tech companies in the world tapping into the true crime industry to monetize horror movie paranoia and panopticon culture…or a legitimately useful community defense service…remains to be seen. But one can already imagine the coming of a real-time homicide show based on Big Tech surveillance.
Read a detailed article about the endeavor HERE!