Using Social Media and Social Network Analysis in Law Enforcement

Using Social Media and Social Network Analysis in Law Enforcement

Source: 

National Institute of Justice

Author(s): 

John S. Hollywood, Michael J.D. Vermeer, Dulani Woods, Sean E. Goodison, & Brian A. Jackson

In April 2017, NIJ convened an expert panel to identify high-priority needs for law enforcement's use of social media and social network analysis. The event focused on the following research questions:

  • How should social media data and social network analysis be used in law enforcement?
  • What security, privacy, and civil rights protections should be in place to ensure the appropriate and sustainable application of these technologies in law enforcement?
  • What needs does law enforcement have with respect to social media and social network analysis?

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