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Seminar: Getting citizens involved in policing: A seminar on digital opportunities and societal challenges

Location: Online
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Citizens are increasingly involved in law enforcement, with their roles ranging from informers to volunteers, from vigilantes to community organizers. In this expert seminar we explore how new digital technologies transform the participation of citizens in policing, and enable new modes of involving citizens in reporting, combatting or preventing crime, nuisance, or asocial behavior. We seek to shed a light on the plurality of platforms, apps, digital communities and participatory surveillance technologies that both facilitate and constrain citizens’ involvement in policing, within and beyond existing state structures. This seminar concludes Phase I of the PUL-MOBIL (Producing Urban Legibility: Mobile City Applications and the Local Governance of Minor Offences) project of the Crime & Society research group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University Brussels), in collaboration with the Brussels’ municipality of Schaarbeek. This international seminar brings together prominent scholars on urban and digital policing, vigilantism and municipal governance together with practitioners from Brussels and beyond.  The seminar will take place online, on Microsoft Teams, to allow the participants to take an active part in the discussion.


Programme (subject to change):


10:00 Introduction by prof. Lucas Melgaço
10:10 Presentation of the PUL-MOBIL project by dr. Lior Volinz

Getting citizens (digitally) involved in policing: panel

Including Q&A.







If you register, you will receive a link to the online web-stream one day in advance.

This seminar is organized by the Crime & Society research group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in cooperation with the municipality of Schaarbeek/Schaerbeek, and with the support of Innoviris, the Brussels regional research agency.