Up close and personal : the interplay between information technology and human agency in the policing of the 2011 Sheffield Anti-Lib Dem protes

MCSEVENY, Kerry and WADDINGTON, Dave (2011). Up close and personal : the interplay between information technology and human agency in the policing of the 2011 Sheffield Anti-Lib Dem protes. In: AKHGAR, Babak and YATES, Simeon, (eds.) Intelligence management : knowledge driven frameworks for combating terrorism and organized crime. Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing . Springer, 199-212.

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Link to published version:: 10.1007/978-1-4471-2140-4

Abstract

This chapter constitutes a case study of South Yorkshire Police's (SYP) handling of a protest outside the Sheffield City Hall venue of a Liberal Democrat party conference on 11-12 March 2011. The demonstration occurred in the wake of a number of high-profile official reports advocating a more permissive approach to protest policing. The chapter describes and analyses two particular aspects of SYP's 'Operation Obelisk': the use of social media (such as Twitter and Facebook) to keep the general public informed of ongoing or impending police activities as part of a "no surprises" approach; and the deployment of a Police Liaison Team, part of whose responsibility was to complement CCTV surveillance by feeding information on the mood and activities of the crowd to a remote command cell. The study concludes that such technological innovations have a vital role to play in complementing - and moderating the negative impact of more established methods of policing political protest.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1007/978-1-4471-2140-4
Depositing User: Rachel Finch
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2014 10:39
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2016 16:39
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7652

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