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Brazilian apps track gunfire as Rio de Janeiro violence spikes

Brazilian apps track gunfire as Rio de Janeiro violence spikes

Gun violence is on the rise in Rio de Janeiro, with the sound of firefights echoing daily across Brazil’s seaside city as drug gangs battle each other and police officers patrolling slums.

Now a pair of applications track in real-time how many gun battles there are and where they occur, based on eyewitnesses, media and police accounts.

The “Fogo Cruzado,” or Cross Fire, application created by Amnesty International and local researcher aims to let Rio’s citizens know where gunfire is taking place, in the hopes of keeping them out of danger.

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