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By Joanna Ptolomey and Christa M. Miller

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Using social media to enable law enforcement agencies to engage with communities seems like a laudable objective, but what happens when those same media are used to crowdsource private information? Joanna Ptolomey and Christa Miller consider the implications of the social media initiatives being used by the police.

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Joanna is a freelance information consultant and analyst. She started her career in information as a clinical librarian in the NHS before moving to global consultancy group DTZ. Prior to working in the information sector Joanna was a project planning engineer in the construction industry for 10 years.

She hopes to help people use information for assessing risk, making decisions and in governance. She is particularly interested in inequalities issues such as accessibility, information literacy and the information divide especially in the healthcare sector. She is the author of a chapter 'Digital divide and accessibility' in Government Information Management in the 21st Century. She is also the author of the book Taking charge of your career: a guide for library and information professionals.

You can follow Joanna on Twitter.

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Christa M. Miller is a public relations and communication strategist serving the law enforcement and digital forensics communities. Prior to that she worked as a freelance trade journalist specialising in issues related to high-tech crime, law enforcement technology and management issues including the balance between budget and well-trained, well-equipped officers. Her blog, Cops 2.0, was the first to cover social media use in law enforcement and she maintains a monthly column at Officer.com. She can be contacted at christa@christammiller.com.

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