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Stats + Stories: Big Data Policing

Sarah Brayne is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin.
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WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Across the country, protesters are taking to the streets to fight against police brutality and systemic racism. The use of force by police departments as well as the seeming militarization of many has been a concern of activists for some time. Another concern has been the use of big data in the use of surveillance technologies by departments to conduct predictive policing. Advocates for the approach say it helps police better marshal resources as the data is used to identify where hotspots of criminal activity might be. Opponents suggest the approach can just reproduce long-standing biases in the criminal justice system compounding systemic inequality. The intersection of big data and policing is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories, with guest Sarah Brayne.  

Stats and Stories is a partnership between Miami University's Departments of Statistics and Media, Journalism and Film and the American Statistical Association. You can follow us on Twitter or iTunes. If you'd like to share your thoughts on our program, send your e-mail to statsandstories@miamioh.edu and be sure to listen for future editions of Stats and Stories where we discuss the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics.      

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