Digital Vigilantism: Every superhero needs a sidekick July 4, 2018 Vigilantism sounds like something from a superhero movie but as social media has provided greater access to information about crimes so members of the public have gained a tool with which to take their own action. Rianne Dekker explores this trend and the implications it has for police forces. Aiding A Community Policing Solution: The TRILLION Project June 20, 2018 Which technologies can facilitate effective LEA-Citizen collaboration via social media? Anže Žitnik from XLAB showcases the integrated platform being developed by the TRILLION Project. Security Through Social Media: The Potential for Innovation June 6, 2018 As a result of dynamic social media driven trends, law enforcement agencies are faced with constant developments which they must rapidly keep apace of but often find difficult. Klaudia Tani asks how innovation may provide solutions to this problem as she previews Workshop 6. Missing Person! Crowdsourcing a Solution April 11, 2018 A missing person highlights the usefulness of social media for law enforcement agencies in their everyday work. Valencia Local Police’s Rubén Fur explains more. Do-it-yourself citizen investigations with the Sherlock app March 14, 2018 Social Media has assisted the growth of DIY Policing. Arnout de Vries looks at an app being developed by TNO in partnership with the Dutch Police which can facilitate both citizens and the police in realising DIY Policing's true potential. How do you police online abuse and the threat of Trolls: MEDIA4SEC Workshop 5 Preview February 28, 2018 Who are the trolls? Who do they target? How can online hate and abuse be tackled? Kat Hadjimatheou previews the 5th MEDI@4SEC workshop (London, 15th May) Information Overload - Key Messages from Workshop 4 (Everyday Security) February 14, 2018 As social media drastically transforms the way people communicate and share information, the approaches to ensuring "everyday security" have needed to change. Pilar De La Torre outlines some of the merging messages from our 4th project workshop and what it means for security stakeholders. An interview with Traffic Droid January 31, 2018 How do citizens help the police to protect them? We meet Traffic Droid whose approach to road safety is helping the police deal with poor driving in London. Policing with the Digital Community January 17, 2018 As social media enables every citizen to take policing into their own hands, the ability of LEAS to manage this change and the impact on their work is under close scrutiny. Kat Hadjimatheou explores some of the questions that are arising for community policing. Watching the detectives: Why are citizens filming the police? December 13, 2017 As social media has become a vital part of modern policing, the focus has been on the how law enforcement agencies have used it. But what happens when citizens use social media against the police. Here Rianne Dekker explores this growing trend. Illuminating change: Key Messages from MEDI@4SEC Workshop 3 Policing the Dark Web November 30, 2017 “I went from a feeling of ‘the sky is falling’, to an optimistic view. Today we discussed several innovations and a common goal for overarching international cooperation. The gaps can be filled." Stopping Crime Before it Happens: Predicitive Policing October 25, 2017 As police forces around the world turn to new technologies to assist with crime prevention with the attention is turning to predictive policing. Anže Žitnik from XLAB explores some of the technologies being created for this purpose. Engaging citizens through social media - a local view October 11, 2017 Social media represents a challenge for public security planners but also offers a great opportunity for law enforcement agencies to engage with local citizens and enhance the service that they provide. In this blog Valencia Local Police explain how they have approached this challenge and the benefits it is providing. Everyday security: social media to communicate, gather intelligence and counter crime August 2, 2017 Social media has become a tool to support security providers in the daily management of public security. EFUS' Pilar de la Torre highlights how our next workshop will explore some of the challenges this presents. Crowding In: Key Messages from MEDI@4SEC Workshop 2 July 13, 2017 Our second workshop looked at how social media can be better used during mass gatherings and riots. KEMEA's Nikos Moustakidis outlines some of the key messages fro the event. Listening and responding at times of crisis June 21, 2017 Social media is playing an increasingly key role in counter-terrorist operations before, during and after terrorist incidents. Jon Coaffee explores how law enforcement authorities might best use social media to warn and inform the public about possible threats. Dark Challenges to Public Security June 7, 2017 As is the case for many breakthrough technologies, the anonymity of the dark web has facilitated criminal practices alongside the initially intended legitimate uses. As a prelude to our next workshop Serena Ogerro outlines the challenges the dark web presents to those working to deliver and enhance public security. MEDIA4SEC provides a smile to a global audience May 24, 2017 Jose Diego represented MEDIA4SEC at this year’s SMILE Conference in Long Beach, California and discovered the international appeal of our project’s work. Here he outlines the conference and MEDIA4SEC’s unique insights. Policing by proxy: How social media is changing everyday practice in Northern Ireland May 10, 2017 Chris McWilliams provides an insight into the Police Service of Northern Ireland's use of social media and the benefits it provides for everyday policing in the province. Social media and policing of mass gatherings April 26, 2017 Social media platforms are playing an increasing role in the planning and evolution of recent mass gatherings. Nikos Moustakidis outline the issues this presents for public security and how we will be addressing them in our next workshop. Opportunities and Challenges for Social Media Adoption April 12, 2017 In part two of his article Jon Coaffee outlines the opportunities and challenges our expertise panel have identified in the wider adoption of social media for public security purposes Social media and policing priority areas March 29, 2017 Through a survey of the views of an expert panel of stakeholders we have examined the future trends and opportunities for social media in public security. In the first of two parts, Jon Coaffee outlines the likely future trends. A Pattern Language of Social Media Practice in Public Security March 22, 2017 Social media is being used in different ways by security planners and others. In this article Sebastian Denef outline our inventory of practices and present a pattern language to help understand these usages and their connections. Within the Law? The legal challenges of using social media in public security February 1, 2017 In the second of our ethics posts, Arnold Roosendaal explores the legal challenges when using social media in public security. Morally secure? The key ethical challenges of social media use in public security January 25, 2017 What are the ethical challenges to the use of social media in public security. The MEDI@4SEC team of ethicists explore some of the issues which arise. DIY Policing: The Modern Sherlock Holmes December 6, 2016 New technologies have enabled citizens to take on tasks which were previously only undertaken by the police and other security organisations. Sebastian Denef explores the phenomena of DIY policing and highlights it benefits and drawbacks. The lay of the land - rising to the challenges of social media November 16, 2016 What is the state of the art use of social media in the domain of public security and policing? What influence and impacts have been reported? And What are the opportunities and challenges? Marijn Rijken provides an overview our main findings and outline some of the key questions that MEDI@4SEC is engaging with. Shining a blue light on social media‘s impact on public safety and security November 9, 2016 How does MEDI@4SEC dress the urgent need to bring together communities, policing and policy makers to tackle how social media can be better utilised to tackle crime and the fear of crime. Jon Coaffee explains.