The emerging role of new social media in enhancing public security



Horizon 2020


01.07.2016 - 31.12.2019


Anže Žitnik
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 700281.

MEDI@4SEC pursues a better understanding of how social media can, and how social media cannot, be used for public security purposes, highlighting ethical, legal and data-protection-related issues and implications. Project’s activities centre around six relevant themes: DIY Policing; Everyday security; Riots and mass gatherings: The dark web; Trolling; and Innovative market solutions. MEDI@4SEC will feed into, support and influence changes in policy-making and policy implementation in public security that can be used by end-users to improve their decision making. By structuring our understanding of the impact of social media on public security approaches in a user-friendly way, MEDI@4SEC will provide an evidence-base and roadmap for better policymaking including: best practice reports; a catalogue of social media technologies; recommendations for EU standards; future training options; and ethical awareness-rising.

XLAB’s role

Within the project, XLAB has the role of technology expert in social networks and social mining techniques. It’s activities include: Providing expert knowledge of technological trends associated with social media; Feeding input on future social media and security technologies; Suggest recommendations for the development of standards for safe and efficient use of social media by public authorities; and SWOT analysis of social network analysis during riots, mass gatherings, etc.