Responding to online hate: Lessons from Workshop 5

As much as social media connects people and brings them together, so too can it isolate, alienate, and demean people. Trolling represents the ugly side of social media use. The levels of abuse, hatred, harassment, and bullying on social media today are at an all-time high. The toxic environment on some social media sites has begun to discourage some people …

Digital Vigilantism: Every superhero needs a sidekick

Vigilantism sounds like something from a superhero movie: the hero wants to save the world, but cannot rely on the police to catch the bad guys. Instead, (s)he goes out to seek justice by him or herself.  In todays digital society, vigilante behavior is not only a matter of superheroes or a few very brave citizens. Instead, digital vigilantism is …

Shining a blue light on social media‘s impact on public safety and security

There is an 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, how they can protect individuals and communities from the dark side of social media while at the same time preserving the freedoms offered by that social media. The use of social media within …

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 …