Webinar: From Bytes to Insights: A Journey through Online Data in Criminological Studies

Event Date/Time:

Wednesday, January 31, 2024 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Join us for a webinar exploring the evolving landscape of criminological research, with a specific focus on online data sources. Drawing insights from Professor Tom Holt’s white paper, “Assessing the Use of Scraped and Hand Collected Online Data to Understand Crime,” participants will delve into the methods employed by scholars over the last two decades. Emphasizing the shift toward automated scraping tools and manual data collection, the discussion will encompass four key areas of criminological scholarship. The webinar will shed light on the nuanced balance between automated and manual methods in each domain, addressing ethical considerations related to user privacy and confidentiality. Candid discussions on challenges associated with implementing best practices in the rapidly changing digital environment will be central to the session. The webinar underscores the significance of organizing events that facilitate the exchange of ideas between academics and practitioners, aiming to foster a more inclusive and collaborative environment for all stakeholders in the realm of criminological research.

Speaker and Moderator:

Robert Stokka, Privacy Program Manager, Venable LLP

Professor Thomas Holt, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University