The Automatic Number Plate Recognition system in the UK requires a governance structure to ensure its safe and legal operation as a crime and terrorism fighting tool. My conversations with senior police operating the system suggests that they would … [Read more...] about ANPR – towards a regulatory structure for probably the world’s largest civilian-run surveillance system
Judith Townend organised a fascinating conference at City University on open justice and modern media (programme pdf) . It was great to see some real heavy hitters like Geoffery Robertson QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC speaking up for open courts and open … [Read more...] about Justice Wide Open – the collision between uncodified open justice and the law of data protection and copyright #oj_city
The latest version of the Police Crime map is now live at http://www.police.uk/ this latest version has more detail and allows you to search for crimes around public buildings. On the search page, if you type in the name of any public building, the … [Read more...] about Police Crime Mapping
Update, Jan 3: The W14 group has just reached a landmark 1,000 members. Congratulations Annette! When nearby boroughs of London were burning, the streets crowded with youngsters looting shops and rioting during the summer of 2010, the police … [Read more...] about The wonder of W14: 'Action not journalism'
The Ministry of Justice asked me to sit on their Crime and Justice Sector Transparency Panel. I'm not a legal expert, but as an local active citizen I want to know what is going on in my excellent local courts as they dispense justice on the … [Read more...] about Would a ‘Transparency Charter’ help make the Courts more open?
Institutionally the police have fallen hopelessly behind the average citizen in the way that they communicate. Police need to communicate online as well as offline at all ranks with people in communities that they serve. I am a strong supporter of … [Read more...] about Police and social media – institutional leadership problems