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Putting Crime on the Map

Living in Northern Virginia, lobbyist Greg Whisenant couldn't believe how difficult it was to get information about local crime. So last year he did something about it, launching CrimeReports.com, a Web site that works with local governments to post free crime maps online.

"I think there is an expectation on the part of the public to see this data," said Whisenant, a lobbyist turned Internet entrepreneur.

About the same time in California, Gino Sesto and a friend were swapping stories about experiences with police officers who gave them traffic tickets. An idea came to Sesto: Why not offer a site where people can rate individual police officers? RateMyCop.com was...