In response to illegal or uncivil behavior, footage can be recorded and uploaded of the offending act. Others may share information about the targeted suspect, while a larger audience joins in on the accusation through offensive or even hate speech. While citizens may believe they are achieving some form of justice, their actions may compromise investigations, and undermine commonly known assumptions of privacy, proportionality and dignity.

About the speaker

Daniel Trottier started his career obtaining an bachelor of arts in Psychology and Sociology at McGill University and a master of arts in Sociology at Concordia University, both in Montreal, Canada. He completed a PhD in Sociology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. After researching and teaching in Sweden and the United Kingdom, he is currently working at the Department of Media and Communication of the Erasmus University as an Associate Professor of Global Digital Media.