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Policing With Algorithms

Identifying crime threats by using mathematical formulae is no longer science fiction. But are we prepared to handle the implications?

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Can a Computer Predict Crime?

Can machines predict where crimes occur before human beings do? Will the technology be used in unbiased ways? How will these devices affect privacy? As concerns grow over what are called predictive-policing methods and their effect on Americans, one thing is clear: these new crime-fighting tools are not only being implemented around the country; they are increasing in sophistication and scope. Technology such as PredPol, which runs crime reports through an algorithm to discover locations with a high probability of […]

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How to Predict Crime

A new guide published by the Rand Corporation analyzes predictive policing techniques “to identify promising targets for police intervention with the goal of preventing crime, solving past crimes, and identifying potential offenders and victims.” Predictive policing involves using statistical analysis to identify targets for police intervention. The guide breaks down various predictive policing strategies into four categories: crime prediction, offender prediction, victim prediction and methods for predicting perpetrators’ identities. While data analysis systems are often flashy — and can be […]