Maire Byrne-Evans

Warning! Do not click on the map above unless you have a device that takes steroids and lifts weights, as it links to a MASSIVE map of Boston Harbour. Absolutely beautiful, and there for no reason other than that I collect maps, and found this one, which seems to be the perfect balance of detail vs scale. But it's bad practice to have it here as I should really give visitors the choice of size of images to view.

Above is also a link to my mostly current blog. It's a bit messy and often incoherent. But it helps me to sort out some of my thoughts in a kind of public / private space.

At present I'm researching themes and narratives around crime, crime open data, and other sorts of crime data, such as closed crime data (a lot of cybercrime data is kept hidden), crowdsourced data, and crime or policing social machines (that generate data).

I have looked at the concept of social machines as a sort of useful hand-waving that enables some short cuts in the inevitable theorising around people and technologies. Yes, some of what's being said isn't new. Yes, some sociologists have done this all before. Thousands of years before that, some philosophers have too! However, that's a discussion for the pub, perhaps, or for when you're suffering from insomnia!

I'm also looking at how conceptualising these crime social machines (or just web-mediated crime technologies, if you prefer) might change some of our ideas about ethical areas such as the intersection of 'data' with privacy and civil liberties. Also interested in: what liberty actually is - not the children's playground that so many seem to assume - crime statistics, (whose feet does open crime data hold to the fire?) policing, democracy, mapping, markets and mechanisms of distrust and surveillance. I'm using network science methods to do some of this. It's getting slightly more serious now, as I'm approaching the end of my funding and need to filter out about 90 per cent of the above.

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