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This App Is Helping Young Iranians Dodge the Morality Police

Users can crowdsource police sightings to help others avoid unnecessary encounters.

Anonymous developers in Iran are making people’s lives just a little bit easier with Gershad, an app that helps Iranians identify (and avoid) locations where officers of the Gashte Ershad (“Guidance Patrol,” better known as the morality police) are lurking. Users can submit, confirm, and deny sightings of the police, and the app reflects the strength of these sightings accordingly; when enough users report the same location, an alert depicting small cartoon officers will appear on the map until sightings decrease, causing the alert to fade slowly from the map.

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