Using societal impact assessment (SIA) to improve technological development in the field of crime prevention

Gemma Galdon Clavell*, Philippe M. Frowd

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Geographical information systems (GIS), intelligence-led policing, and automation of border controls are approaches to crime prevention heavily reliant on technology as a fix for faster data gathering and processing. This paper proposes a four-part societal impact assessment (SIA) methodology as a means of accounting for the impacts of crime prevention technologies from the standpoints of desirability, acceptability, ethics, and data management. The paper provides empirical material in two short cases on crime-mapping and automated border control.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationSocInfo 2014 International Workshops, Barcelona, Spain, November 11, 2014, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsLuca Maria Aiello, Daniel McFarland
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-15168-7
ISBN (Print)9783319151670
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Event6th International Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2014 - Barcelona, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Nov 201413 Nov 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


Conference6th International Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Border control
  • Crime mapping
  • Data protection
  • Privacy
  • Security technologies
  • Societal impact
  • Technological development

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