Department of Sociology and Centre for Urban and Community Research
Police, race, punishment: New directions in Criminology seminar series
The infusion of information technologies within policing ecologies has accelerated considerably since 2008. Frequently this is couched in the language of efficiency and of enabling police agencies to do more with less. While engaging various models including the notion of software as a service, the valence is towards cloud-based information architectures that infuse police organizations and which meld together disparate sources of data into modulated flows of maximal utility.
While much is made in marketing materials to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, these new digital policing ecologies also engage with a lineage of policing techniques, such as hot-spot policing, which have considerably longer lineages. This article examines the emergence of ‘platform policing’, arguing that it draws upon imaginaries of efficient and cost-effective law enforcement that have their origins in the US context of the 1960s. Platform policing envisages
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