Big Data Surveillance: The Case of Policing

  title={Big Data Surveillance: The Case of Policing},
  author={Sarah Brayne},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={1008 - 977}
  • Sarah Brayne
  • Published 29 August 2017
  • Law
  • American Sociological Review
This article examines the intersection of two structural developments: the growth of surveillance and the rise of “big data.” Drawing on observations and interviews conducted within the Los Angeles Police Department, I offer an empirical account of how the adoption of big data analytics does—and does not—transform police surveillance practices. I argue that the adoption of big data analytics facilitates amplifications of prior surveillance practices and fundamental transformations in… 

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