Global manhunt will leverage social media to find suspects | Geek Gestalt – CNET News

Global manhunt will leverage social media to find suspects | Geek Gestalt – CNET News.

If you had to track down fugitives hidden in five cities around the world, would one day and a $5,000 reward be enough to succeed? And if so, how?

That’s what the people behind the TAG Challenge want to know–and what the whole world will soon find out.

On March 31, mug shots of five “suspects” will be published, and it’ll be game on in a global hunt for “jewel thieves” in Bratislava, Slovakia; Stockholm; London; Washington, D.C.; and New York City, each of whom will spend 12 hours that day in public areas. The first team to upload photographs of each of the five by noon eastern time on April 1 will win the competition–and with it, a ton of international glory.

Then again, there’s a good chance no one will win, given the limited time available to contestants.

The competition is based in part on 2009’s DARPA Red Balloon Challenge–in which DARPA hid 10 balloons around the United States and offered a $40,000 prize to the first team that could find them all in a single day.

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