They will park in your yard, in front of your apartment building, right
next to other cars.” And so the paper has released a video about a free
smart phone app that allows you to photograph these inconsideratedouble, triple, and sidewalk parkers and share their information onFacebook (FB).
The goal of the app is to “make such practices socially unacceptableusing digital media,” according to
.Afteryou photograph a car and enter its information
license plate, carmodel, and color
the app will turn it into a pop-up banner ad that reads
“[License plate number] annoys you on here just as he does on [Str
The ads are targeted to nearby computer users via their IPaddresses so that the only people who receive information about anoffending parker are the people who live or work nearby it. To get rid of
it, you have to share the car‟s information
It‟s essentially a crowdsourced version of a public shaming sentence
akin to those enacted in certain areas of the U.S. In Putnam County, Fla.,and Aberdeen, Wash., people convicted of shoplifting (or in at least onecase, embezzlement) have b
een made to stand outside holding “I stole”
signs publicly marking them as criminals. The sentences have had
varying levels of success, and it‟s likely that the parking app will too.
According to Bazilevskaya, more than 4,500 people have downloadedthe app since its launch last week, although most of those people are
“big activists. They are using it a lot.”
s app has one flaw: It forces people to suffer through pop-up
ads on websites. Still, it‟s a pretty ingenious way to solve Russia‟s urban
parking problem. A savvy policemen could use it to find cars thatdeserve a ticket.