Everyday Security

Barcelona, Spain

14th November 2017

The recent massive increase in social media use has drastically transformed people’s communication and information habits, providing authorities with new intelligence sources and platforms for communication and engagement. These platforms could contribute to enhance the daily management of security by enabling real time interaction with citizens, and by preventing and responding to offences that are committed in public spaces (virtual or real) and which threaten the security – actual or perceived – of the community in its daily life.

The use of social media in the domain of everyday security is primarily focused on the following aspects: two-way communication (educating citizens, interaction with citizens, reputation management, public security awareness…), enforcement (finding evidence, prosecution, identification of suspects) intelligence (collection and analysis of information, crime prediction, crime prevention) and crisis management. We will particularly focus in the use of social media in communication, as a open source of intelligence and in crime prediction/investigation. One of the main challenges is to find a balance between individual freedoms and the prevention and fight against crime. We will look at the security providers capacities, resources and innovations that should be developed to fight crime effectively without reducing individual freedoms.

This workshop aims to better understand and to create a common awareness and vision on opportunities, means and threats of social media to improve everyday security. It will provide a forum for networking and sharing of practices, lessons learned and needs among traditional security providers and other actors who are involved in the co-production of security (local authorities, private sector and civil society organisations).

Using examples from a number of real situations, social media practices, and specific challenges, this workshop will explore the prospective uses and consequences of social media to improve daily security management. Important questions for security professionals in these contexts include:

  • How LEAS and other security actors use social media, as a tool or as a resource for gathering information, to maintain everyday security?
  • How can LEAS and other security actors ensure that their actions represent a fair balance between the need to achieve security and respect the rights of citizens to individual privacy?
  • How can social media integrate the existing methods of data collection to prevent crime?
  • In times of smart cities, can information collected from open platforms, to facilitate citizens urban life, be used in daily security purposes?
  • How does social media change the relationship between police and citizens?
  • How can professional cultures and practices be modified to meet the challenges and opportunities social media presents?

This interactive workshop is your opportunity as public security stakeholders to engage with these questions.  As well as hearing the experiences of others we invite you to share your own experiences so that together we can better develop the use of social media in the delivery of everyday security. Your reflections at this event will also contribute to our ongoing conversation and become a part of the MEDI@4SEC community.

This workshop is organised by Efus. It will take place within the “Security, Democracy & Cities” Conference (15 – 17 November). Several events will provide the opportunity to meet key players, discuss the latest developments, share knowledge and pitch innovative ideas for funding.

The Venue

Who Can Participate?

Places at this event are limited. If you are interested in applying for a place please complete the application form on this page clearly outline your professional experience in this area and the reasons why you wish to attend the workshop.

The deadline for applications is Friday 15th September.

Participation costs

Participation at the event is free of charge. Successful applicants will be offered assistance with their travel and accommodation costs in accordance with European Commission regulations.

Further details and questions

Further details will be shared with confirmed participants before the event. For other questions please contact Pilar De la Torre at delatorre@nullefus.eu or call 0033140644900.

Register your interest in this workshop

Applications are now closed for this workshop.