Latest bad idea proposed to White House: Monitor smartphones of people with mental illness


We’ve become largely accustomed to the perpetual maelstrom of bad ideas swirling around the Trump White House, but the latest plan responding to mass shootings reminds us that our cursed timeline can still always get darker.  

Specifically, according to the Washington Post, the White House is considering studying if monitoring individuals with mental illness via their smartphones and smartwatches can predict incidents of mass violence. This idea, which the Post notes relies on the false notion that mass shootings are “directly linked” to mental illness, was reportedly put forth at the request of Ivanka Trump. She asked a group advocating for the creation of a new health-focused research agency dubbed HARPA (a play on the military research agency DARPA) to pitch ideas on the matter. Read more…

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