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A new web app by Amnesty International trawls your Facebook page to tell you what crimes you have committed around the globe — and what your punishments would be.
Although Australians like to grumble about the housing market and the cost of video games, we're actually pretty lucky to be here. We don't seem to have laws, for example, that seriously prohibit freedom of expression, or being a lady. Other countries around the world aren't so liberal — and it's a safe bet to say that somewhere in the world, you would have committed a crime.
The Trial by Timeline tool from Amnesty International New Zealand can tell you exactly what you've done, based on your public Facebook information. After asking you to give the app access, it will trawl through your photos, liked pages, posts and friends' public information, and deliver a verdict based on your activities.
After giving it a shot, I was convicted 136 times for seven crimes across 68 countries. My worst offence was being a lady, followed by unauthorised social gatherings, having a Facebook page and hanging out with an unrelated man. For that, I received 32 deaths at the hands of extremists (maybe they should turn themselves in for wizardry); and I suspect that if my Facebook wasn't set to "Friends Only" by default, things would have gotten a lot worse.
The aim, of course, is to draw attention to the plight of those who have been brutalised by the state in countries that seek to suppress the population. It's probably a little on the alarmist side, but it does highlight some pretty horrendous violations of what we would consider basic human rights.