Expanding social networking sites are used in the most delicate investigations. A recent development that raises new questions.
MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Buddies before . popular with teens, social networking sites have also become the allies of the police. True spies, they are a new source of information “open” to trap offenders. At Rosny-sous-Bois, in the Technical Service of legal research and documentation (STRJD) of the gendarmerie, they are used in the most delicate investigations: the disappearance of minors, incitement to suicide or to racial hatred, defamation, deal illicit substances and especially in the fight against pedophilia and child pornography.
“We are not connected, only according to our needs,” said Colonel Emmanuel Bartier, Deputy Head of Service STRJD. We need a motive as an offense, an information or suspicion. “
For simple verification environment, as associates of a suspect, investigators access to information as well as any surfer since they are public. It was so recently with the profile of a dubious man of a certain age who were exclusively profiles of girls in her “friends.”
“Before, we banged on the doors of neighbors to know the suspect’s associates, we know them today in a click!”, Says a police officer. Only caveat: “These networks are purely declarative, anyone can create a profile on behalf of someone else. We can not take information at face value, shade Squadron Leader Alain Permingeat, chief of the division of the fight against cybercrime STRJD.
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Facebook Doesn’t Interfere Studies
It’s always amazing how the same issues occur from one generation to another, from one technology to another, but without receiving the same answers, which may seem intuitive to some cons. The great concerns of parents of Generation X (baby boomers) were whether television, or more precisely its overconsumption, would have adverse effects on educational outcomes for their children. Most studies showed that at the time yes, and it seems perfectly legitimate to transpose these results which serves television today, within the next generation.
And yet, No
A lengthy study by the University of New Hampshire, led by Chuck Martin has set a target to measure whether or not there was a correlation between heavy use of social networks and grades achieved in the classroom.
1127 students were used as guinea pigs from the various courses of the university, first to the last year and the results speak for themselves: “The study shows that there is no correlation between time spent by students to use social networks and their notes, “the study also showed that Facebook and YouTube were the most used social networking sites, blogs, Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn are very much less widely used among college students. (more…)