Pre-emptive big data surveillance and its (dis)empowering consequences: the case of predictive policing

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring the Boundaries of Big Data
EditorsBart van der Sloot, Dennis Broeders, Erik Schrijvers
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2016


  • big data
  • surveillance
  • predictive policing
  • policing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Ethics of Technology


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