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With access to more personal data than ever before, police have the power to solve crimes more quickly, but in practice, the influx of information tends to amplify existing practices, according to sociological research at the University of Texas at Austin.

The big data landscape is changing quickly, and researchers wonder whether our political and social systems and regulations can keep up. UT Austin sociologist Sarah Brayne’s research, published in the October 2017 American Sociological Review, examined for the first time how adopting big data analytics both amplifies and transforms police surveillance practices.

 

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