The MEDI@4SEC community will provide a space for those engaged in the planning and delivery of public security to collectively inform and learn from their colleagues how to better utilize social media in their activities.

What is MEDI@4SEC?

Horizon 2020

10 Partners

30 months


MEDI@4SEC is a co-ordination and support action supported under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research Framework. It began on 1st July 2016 and will run for 30 months. It focuses upon enhancing our understanding of the opportunities, challenges and ethical consideration of social media use for public security. MEDI@4SEC is informed by research but grounded in the experiences of real life practitioners. Over the course of its activities, MEDI@4SEC aims to build a community of stakeholders engaged in using social media for public security who can exchange experience, information and ideas to enhance the use of this tool in a very dynamic environment.

What is MEDI@4SEC about?

MEDI@4SEC focuses upon enhancing understanding of the opportunities, challenges and ethical consideration of social media use for public security: the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Good

Problem solving, fighting crime, decreasing fear of crime and increasing the quality of life

The Bad

Where social media is facilitating an increase of digitised criminality and terrorism

The Ugly

Grey areas where trolling, cyberbullying, threats, or live video-sharing of tactical security operations

Social media has been are a real game-changer and adds to the complexity of providing public security. It has altered communication patterns amongst a range of stakeholders who are collectively involved in public security. Citizens are able to share photos, questions and opinions on a large scale with other citizens or public security officials. Through the sharing of CCTV footage Businesses can easily share videos of crimes online, while aiming to prevent more crimes at other businesses. Law enforcement agencies and public security planners no longer have a monopoly on fighting crime and insecurity. Photos of suspects are shared in a split second by bystanders and journalists and can be used in the fight against crime and terrorism.

This changing situation raises a series of challenges and possibilities for public security planners:

Does the internet create more opportunities for criminals than for law enforcement?

Can social media platforms help law enforcement keep up?

To what extent is privacy intruded upon, limited, infringed or violated?

Why should I get involved?

The primary goal of the project is to build and develop the MEDI@4SEC Community. It will only be a success through the active and continued engagement of a wide range of stakeholders including law enforcement agencies, security organisations and social media user.

MEDI@4SEC is informed by research but grounded by the experiences of real life practitioners.