Echosec – the drug finder

Echosec is an amazingly powerful tool that I first discovered while visiting Victoria and doing research on a local company nearby.

Echosec logo
Echosec Logo

The way it works is you select an area of the world from a map by drawing a shape with basic selection tools. Once your area is identified, all of the publicly available social media that contains a geotag will be presented to you in an easy to navigate page. This includes Tweets, Instagram posts, Picassa/Flickr photos, Youtube videos, and more. The free version is available here but is limited in the results it gives.

Here’s what the map looks like when you make a selection:

Example of how to select an area
Example of how to select an area

And here’s a screenshot of some of the results, photos from the recent Fan Expo event that happened at the Convention Centre:

Example results showing some pics from the recent FanExpo
Example results showing some pics from the recent FanExpo

Other than now having the ability to spy on your friends, Echosec is being used in very creative ways to help police. This article from 2014 shows a possible workflow, with real evidence, of how a police force might investigate the public social media feeds to find more concrete evidence of illegal activity.

A little bit big-brother? Definitely. But it’s probably not in your best interest as a drug dealer to geotag and Instagram the progress of your illegal plant operation.

Maps continue to amaze 🙂

 

 

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