EU Report on ethical and legal issues with the use of social media for public security

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This report summarises ethical and legal issues raised in connection with the use of social media for public security in riots and mass gatherings. These issues were raised in the framework of the EU financed MEDI@4SEC project on "Social Media & Policing of Riots and Mass Gatherings". The report is based on the results of a project workshop in Athens where 57 people, including police officers, researchers and citizen activists, were brought together to discuss the potential benefits and threats as well as the future of the use of social media before, during and after mass gathering events such as riots, protests and demonstrations, large-scale events and mass migration movements.

MEDI@4SEC is a co-ordination and support action under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research Framework. It began on 1st July 2016 and will run until the end of 2018. The project focuses upon enhancing the understanding of the opportunities, challenges and ethical consideration of social media use for public security. MEDI@4SEC is informed by research but grounded in the experiences of real-life practitioners. Over the course of its activities, MEDI@4SEC aims to build a community of stakeholders engaged in using social media for public security who can exchange experience, information and ideas to enhance the use of this tool in a very dynamic environment.

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