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Eyes and Apps on the Streets: From Surveillance to Sousveillance Using Smartphones
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5302-1698
2019 (English)In: Criminal Justice Review, ISSN 0734-0168, E-ISSN 1556-3839, Vol. 44, no 1, p. 25-41Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the concept of surveillance by assessing the nature of data gathered by users of a smartphone-based tool (app) developed in Sweden to assist citizens in reporting incidents in public spaces. This article first illustrates spatial and temporal patterns of records gathered over 9 months in Stockholm County using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to exemplify the process of sousveillance via app. Then, the experiences of user group members, collected using an app-based survey, are analyzed. Findings show that the incident reporting app is more often used to report an incident and less often to prevent it. Preexistent social networks in neighborhoods are fundamental for widespread adoption of the app, often used as a tool in Neighborhood Watch schemes in high-crime areas. Although the potentialities of using app data are open, these results call for more in-depth evaluations of smartphone data for safety interventions.

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SAGE Publications Inc. , 2019. Vol. 44, no 1, p. 25-41
Keywords [en]
crime, crowdsourced data, guardianship, location-based services (LBS), safety
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-248144DOI: 10.1177/0734016818818696Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85059946165OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-248144DiVA, id: diva2:1313419
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Available from: 2019-05-03 Created: 2019-05-03 Last updated: 2019-05-03Bibliographically approved

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