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Police Surveillance in Social Media

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic Lecture/ Debate/Seminar


Drawing on two recent studies we aim to open a conversation on the current relationship between digital tools, crime detection and social media. The first investigates how two police forces operating in very different contexts, based in England and Pakistan, obtain evidence from social media within criminal investigations. This research reports on the identification of social media platforms used for potentially criminal activity; how electronic evidence is obtained and searched in police practice; how social media and technology have impacted 'the copper's nose'. The second reports on technical developments in the field of policing child sexual abuse online including workarounds in E2EE environments. An overriding question is not just how far could, or should, the police go but how far technical researchers should enable them to do so?


NameSecurity Lancaster
Date1/08/01 → …
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom