Using novel methods, this programme of events will bring together groups associated with debates on state powers of online surveillance to facilitate ethically-informed policy and practice. Scotland is currently behind nations such as England and parts of Europe in embedding ethical digital policing. A core part of ethical practice is a consideration of the public and their perceptions. In addition, civil society groups have been vocal about online surveillance, but do not have regular opportunities for constructive dialogue with state agencies in Scotland in these matters, especially prior to policy and practice being enacted.

Building on findings from the ‘Eyes Online’ project (University of Dundee), these events will use a variety of engagement methods, such as a knowledge exchange symposium and an ethics board, to allow state agencies, civil society groups and researchers to find areas of convergence in online surveillance and data policy and practice. The views of the public will be harnessed through accessible formats such as a ‘Cafe Science’ event. These events will facilitate hypothetical narratives on digital policing policy and practice which will produce new shared knowledge between police, policy makers and civil society to embed ethics in digital futures in Scotland and enhance ‘deliberative democracy’.

Programme Team

Dr Megan O’Neill, University of Dundee

Professor Burkhard Schafer, University of Edinburgh

Amy Humphrey, University of Dundee

Matthew Rice, Open Right Group Scotland

Giles Herdale, Independent Consultant

Francesca Gualco, Scottish Government

Dr Shane Horgan, Edinburgh Napier University 

Dr Jessica Foley, Maynooth University, Social Sciences Institute

Final Report

A final report of the findings will be available at the end of the project. Check back soon.

Outputs

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