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This research paper: This is a 10 page paper giving an overview of the research and conclusions made in the article “Damned if You Don’t, Damned if You Do” by Jerry H. Ratcliffe (2002). The main context for research in this paper is the growing trend in North America about the publication of maps denoting crime with the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) which are then published on the Internet. The concern for crime is known as an international one, however, the insurgence of crime mapping on the Internet is particularly prominent in North America. Crime maps available on the Internet are becoming increasingly detailed in regards to regions and areas and also increasingly interactive. Crime mapping is particularly favored by law enforcement agencies in the United States as a more cost efficient alternative to the constant dissemination of information previously provided to the public and government agencies. However, inconsistencies in data reporting and technologies could lead to expensive litigation against those agencies posting crime maps.
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