Pre-Emptive Big Data Surveillance and its (Dis)Empowering Consequences: The Case of Predictive Policing

pp. in 117-141 in van der Sloot, B. et al (ed.) (2016) Exploring the Boundaries of Big Data, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

21 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2016

Date Written: April 28, 2016

Abstract

An abundance of literature has been published on the empowering and disempowering effects of Big Data for advertising, medicine, climate change, social sciences, and many more social domains from a legal perspective, a business perspective, and a critical data/surveillance studies perspective (Manovich 2011; Boydand Crawford 2012; Tene and Polonetsky 2012; Kitchin 2013; Mayer-Schönberger and Cukier 2013; Lyon 2014). However, not much attention has yet been paid to the effects of Big Data applications on citizens in the specific context of policing.

The main objective of this chapter, therefore, is to provide a better understanding of what predictive Big Data policing is and to discuss both the empowering and the disempowering effects of predictive Big Data policing as a form of pre-emptive surveillance.

Keywords: big data, pre-emptive surveillance, predictive policing, surveillance studies

Suggested Citation

van Brakel, Rosamunde, Pre-Emptive Big Data Surveillance and its (Dis)Empowering Consequences: The Case of Predictive Policing (April 28, 2016). pp. in 117-141 in van der Sloot, B. et al (ed.) (2016) Exploring the Boundaries of Big Data, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2772469 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2772469

Rosamunde Van Brakel (Contact Author)

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) ( email )

Pleinlaan 2
Brussels, Brabant 1050
Belgium

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