Social media is being used in jury trials Jurors collect data via social media

Social media is being used in jury trials jurors

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Social media is being used in jury trials Jurors collect data via social media to research cases and defendants – Historical understanding of case and those involved This can result in an unfair trial or biased verdicts Social media data mining has influenced how law
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enforcement agencies respond to protests Tracking highly charged phrases and hashtags provides police with the awareness to keep organized protests under control Also allows police to intervene and sometimes kill protests before they start – Protesting is a legal right that should not be infringed upon – Freedom of speech is being controlled 9 CURRENT TRENDS (cont.) Group Epsilon ALTERNATIVES Social media, if strategically added to the larger information environment, can help to provide the real-time “what,” the
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“who,” the “why,” and the “how,” and may even help in predicting the cascading effects of decisions, actions, and changing hazards Integrating social data within all aspects of response, from planning, to training and exercises, will help to legitimize its role in public safety and emergency response Police agencies should provide links to their social media accounts on their websites to build followers 10 Group Epsilon ALTERNATIVES (cont.) Published material should also have the same links to increase law enforcement’s ability to communicate with the public
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Jurors conducting their own research on the Internet could be made a punishable offense (a form of statutory contempt) to stop the use of social media during a trial The use of e-government applications to provide information from the government to citizens in a mono-directional manner 11 Group Epsilon Law enforcement and public safety organizations have the potential to also utilize social media in productive capacities Disseminate productive outreach messages Disseminate information related to criminal activity Alert the public of required information for ongoing cases
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Utilizing a large social media presence can be advantageous to law enforcement organizations as they can rely on public entities to help solve crimes Using AI and machine learning to access available public information to recreate crime scenes and capture other evidence from pictures and other digital media 12 ALTERNATIVES (cont.) Group Epsilon ALTERNATIVES (cont.) Agencies can incorporate warning and alert systems through their social media fowling to keep citizens in their jurisdictions informed on latest trends
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Public safety and other governmental services can collaborate with private business and organizations to request assistance with local and regional criminal trends Rather than conduct questionable monitoring of private social media accounts, public safety organizations can also utilize aggregate sentiment to utilize group trending to change policies Examples would be used with Twitter hashtags where large
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