Special Issue: Crime and Control in the Digital Era

Date01 March 2019
Published date01 March 2019
Subject MatterIntroduction
Special Issue: Crime and
Control in the Digital Era
Vania Ceccato
In the digital age, “eyes” are complemented by technologies such as smartphones, “apps,” or body
worn cameras, giving expression to new ways of depicting what happens in public space. This special
issue (SI) brings together five articles that characterize the nature of control, surveillance, and guar-
dianship in thecontext of today’s technological advancements.The articles help inform criminology by
reporting on examples and impacts of technologies as well as by providing a better understanding of
how the massive use of these technologies and new practices might be just redefining public space.
law enforcement/security, crime prevention, police processes
Aim and Objectives
This special issue (SI) aims at advancing interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of the
nature of control in the digital age and the potential effects of new technologies on both crime and
crime prevention. This aim is achieved by:
advancing our understanding of the nature of control, surveillance, and guardianship. Com-
pared to the time-honored “eyes on the street,” today’s technological exercise of social
control utilizes a number of other senses as well as sight, such as touch and sound, captured
by photo, live streaming, and text—fast disseminated via social media—through the use of
personal smartphones, apps, and body worn cameras (BWCs).
demonstrating how the body of criminological theories applies to today’s exercises of control
and guardianship that are redefined by rapid technological developments. Issues of individual
integrity and accountability, lack of context, and commodification of security are relevanthere.
exemplifying how these technologies have become an integral part of social control, guar-
dianship, and policing. Also, by investigating how these technologies impact the ways police
work and by providing a nuanced understanding of the use of public space in relation to
citizens’ rights.
Department of Urban Planning and Built Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, 100 44, Sweden
Corresponding Author:
Vania Ceccato, Department of Urban Planning and Built Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Teknikringen 10 A,
100 44 Stockholm, Sweden.
Email: vania.ceccato@abe.kth.se
Criminal Justice Review
2019, Vol. 44(1) 5-10
ª2019 Georgia State University
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DOI: 10.1177/0734016818818688

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