Police and Crime

Cybercrime outpacing physical crimes; using big data against organized crime; mindful police reform—this page covers the trends and news that will guide the future of police and criminality.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2016-02-01/protecting-children-vs-protecting-privacy
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Bloomberg
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https://news.littlesis.org/2016/05/18/you-are-being-followed-the-business-of-social-media-surveillance/
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Little Sis News
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/21/science/dna-crime-gene-technology.html
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New York Times
With Rapid DNA machines, genetic fingerprinting could become as routine as the old-fashioned kind. But forensic experts see a potential for misuse.
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https://news.crunchbase.com/news/as-wildfires-burn-through-california-heres-what-startups-are-doing/
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Crunchbase News
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https://philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com/2016/03/are-heading-towards-singularity-of-crime.html
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Philosophical Disquisitions
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https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/china-using-big-data-to-detain-people-in-re-education-before-crime-committed-report/article38126551/
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The Globe and Mail
System assembles and parses data from WiFi internet sniffer, police checkpoints, banking records and more, and notifies police if it flags anything suspicious
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https://www.papermag.com/we-are-at-the-very-beginning-of-a-new-epoch-chelsea-manning-on-the-lux-1427637348.html
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PaperMag
Heather Dewey-Hagborg's forensic DNA phenotype of Chelsea Manning. The sex parameter was left out of the process.PAPER is proud to present this conversation between an affiliation of artists and activists and Chelsea Manning -- the former military intelligence analyst who is currently two years into...
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https://www.technologyreview.com/2017/02/01/154247/botnets-could-meet-their-match-in-robot-hackers/
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MIT Technology Review
Last summer the Pentagon staged a contest in Las Vegas in which high-powered computers spent 12 hours trying to hack one another in pursuit of a $2 million purse. Now Mayhem, the software that won, is beginning to put its hacking skills to work in the real world. Mayhem was created by security startup ForAllSecure,…
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https://gizmodo.com/meanwhile-in-the-future-cross-the-border-using-only-yo-1720353036
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Gizmodo
This week, we go to a world where facial recognition is so good that any company can grab an image of your face while you’re walking down the street, and link it to everything from your social media profiles, to your credit score, to your workplace.
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https://www.techrepublic.com/article/ibm-watson-takes-on-cybercrime-with-new-cloud-based-cybersecurity-technology/
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Tech Republic
Eight universities have begun a year-long initiative to train IBM Watson for work in cybersecurity. Will the Jeopardy champ soon police the internet?
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https://www.networkworld.com/article/3032345/google-gives-more-ground-in-battle-against-europe-s-right-to-be-forgotten.html
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Network World
Google has now agreed to remove links from all of its domains – including Google.com – that are accessible from a European country in which the company has acquiesced to a citizen’s invocation of his or her “right to be forgotten” as spelled out in Europe’s privacy laws, according to the New York Times.
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https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/21/15983842/police-body-cameras-failures
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Vox
Video was supposed to help hold police accountable. But it hasn’t lived up to much of the hype.
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https://theintercept.com/2016/02/01/is-law-enforcement-going-dark-because-of-encryption-hardly-says-new-report/
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The Intercept
Encryption will never be ubiquitous and there are many other spying options on the table, a blue-ribbon panel concludes.
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https://www.theregister.com/2018/08/13/criminal_justice_code/
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The Register
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https://mashable.com/article/waltmart-ai-cameras-as-theft-deterrant/
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Mashable
According to Business Insider, Walmart's using new cameras with computer vision to aid in catching thieves at over 1,000 of its stores.
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https://encyclopediageopolitica.com/2018/06/14/the-geopolitics-of-narcotics-a-revolution-in-psychoactive-affairs/
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Encyclopedia Geopolitica
The students of warfighting among us will be aware of the concept of the ‘Revolution in Military Affairs’; that is the emergence of new instruments that permanently and fundamentally alter the logistics, strategy and dynamics of armed struggle. The global drug trade is undergoing its very own revolution - what might cautiously be dubbed a…
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https://insight.kellogg.northwestern.edu/article/body-cams-impartial-police
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Insight Kellogg
New research reveals that people assign blame differently after viewing body cam versus dash cam footage.
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https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/19/opinion/location-tracking-cell-phone.html
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New York Times
What we learned from the spy in your pocket.
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/02/police-criticised-using-computer-work-whether-send-officers/
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Telegraph
A computer programme that calculates whether a burglary is worth investigating, is "insulting" to victims and risks alienating the public, the head of the Police Federation has warned.
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https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ne5qnb/assassin-drones-are-here-now-what
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Vice
It was perhaps inevitable that would-be political assassins would turn to off-the-shelf drones.
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https://theintercept.com/2015/10/23/u-n-report-calls-on-governments-to-protect-whistleblowers-like-snowden-not-prosecute-them/
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The Intercept
Confidential sources and whistleblowers are a crucial element of a healthy democracy, says the U.N. Special Rapporteur for free speech.