Exchange project’s researcher publishes book on Big Data in criminal investigation

The book Big Data in criminal investigation: challenges and expectations in the European Union has just been published, by Laura Neiva, a CECS researcher.

This book presents a sociological investigation into the potential applicability of Big Data in public security and transnational policing. Specifically, it aims at the definition of Big Data, the explanation of its application processes and the analysis of social expectations around these techniques, by a group of professionals working in the transnational sharing of data.

From the narratives of National Contact Points in a transnational network of police and judicial cooperation, forensic geneticists and stakeholders from different areas (ethics and regulation, criminal investigation, university research, private companies and non-governmental organizations), Laura Neiva analyzed her expectations regarding the potential of Big Data as a criminal investigation strategy. The author aimed, therefore, to understand the social and cultural facets of Big Data; demystifying the European challenges to the applicability of this phenomenon in the current panorama of criminal investigation; and, finally, to promote a public debate on the issues of privacy and big data in a markedly digital age, in which the boundaries of human rights are fluid and the guarantee of public security is increasingly urgent. This book is a window that opens to these emerging reflections, contributing to foment the debate around a complex and imprecise nature in an increasingly digitalized Europe.

Laura Neiva holds a degree in Criminology from the Faculty of Law of the University of Porto (2013) and has a Masters in Crime, Difference and Inequality from Universidade do Minho (2019). Since June 2018, she has been carrying out research under the “EXCHANGE – Forensic Geneticists and Transnational Genetic Information Sharing in the European Union: Relations between Science and Social Control, Citizenship and Democracy”, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and supervised by Helena Machado.

Her research aims to identify the debates that emerge around Big Data as a potential method that guides and influences criminal policy decisions.

The publication, in partnership with CECS, is available in open access, here.

[Posted: 18-09-2020]