Everyday security: social media to communicate, gather intelligence and counter crime

Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), governments and police forces use social media in their day-to-day activities as a direct channel for communicating with the public. They use these platforms also to maintain their reputation and accountability to citizens. Agencies turn to social media to report success, provide reassurance, promote community  activities and deliver statements. Over time, police forces and other security providers …

Policing by proxy: How social media is changing everyday practice in Northern Ireland

Social media is now a dominant model of personal communication and social interaction. Its rapid rise of social media platforms has gone hand-in-hand with the emergence of a highly-motivated audience. The ways individuals receive, perceive, react to, and disseminate information have potentially experienced the greatest sea change since the invention of printing press. And whilst this has opened up many …

Morally secure? The key ethical challenges of social media use in public security

As we have seen in our previous blogs, social media have changed our lives. The platforms can facilitate communication, interaction, and participation on an unprecedented scale. They help public security providers to engage with the public to increase legitimacy and trust and to deliver security more effectively and efficiently. However, all that glitters is not necessarily gold and social media …