Crowding In: Key Messages from MEDI@4SEC Workshop 2

Social media is often seen as an immediate, direct and seemingly trustworthy means of exchanging information. It is these characteristics which make social media an ideal match for monitoring and collectively responding to quickly and unexpectedly evolving large events such as protests and riots. While mass gatherings are themselves not a new phenomenon, the use of social media in this …

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 …

Social media and policing of mass gatherings

In an earlier blog we previously identified how social media has posed both a challenge and an opportunity for police and security services during riots and mass gatherings. In this article we outline the issues that we will be exploring further in our forthcoming workshop. Mass gatherings vary in nature but are a significant concern for all public security planners. …

Researchers to help shine blue light on Social media‘s impact on public safety and security

A Europe wide research team led by the University of Warwick has won European funding to bring together communities, policing and policy makers to tackle how to protect the public on social media, and use social media to tackle crime and the fear of crime, while also preserving the freedoms offered by that social media. Professor Jon Coaffee from the …