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Surveillance arbitration in the era of digital policing

Fussey, Peter and Sandhu, Ajay (2020) 'Surveillance arbitration in the era of digital policing.' Theoretical Criminology. ISSN 1362-4806

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Abstract

This article analyses adoptions of innovative technology into police surveillance activities. Extending the nascent body of empirical research on digital policing, the article draws on qualitative interview data of operational police uses of advanced surveillance technologies. Separate illustrative examples are drawn from social media intelligence gathering, digital forensics and covert online child sexual exploitation investigations. Here, surveillance governance mechanisms, often authored in the ‘pre-digital’ era, are deemed ill-fitting to the possibilities brought by new technologies. This generates new spaces of interpretation, where regulatory frameworks become renegotiated and reinterpreted, a process defined here as ‘surveillance arbitration’. These deliberations are resolved in myriad ways, including perceived licence for extended surveillance and, conversely, more cautious approaches motivated by perceived exposure to regulatory sanction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Governance, policing, regulation, surveillance, technology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2020 15:44
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2020 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29070

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