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The authoritative resource for news and information about law enforcement social media. From Facebook and Twitter to YouTube and Nixle, we discuss social media and its use as the ultimate community policing tool.
Mike Bires

#Facebook adding Dark Web access to the platform via -Tor for Android

#Facebook adding Dark Web access to the platform via -Tor for Android
The social discussion regarding the increased need of user anonymity and scrutiny over the amount of data accessible by government agencies, continues to remain at the fulcrum of the digital debate.   Following the Edward Snowden  revelations in 2013, the big five social media and tech giants jointly agreed to publicly decry the NSA snooping actions of on-line content...
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Civilians Can Do Social Media Investigations, Too!

Civilians Can Do Social Media Investigations, Too!
Do you want to conduct your own social media investigations? Maybe you're curious what a family member is doing online, or what an employee is saying about you or the company. Whether you want to verify the validity of a website or social media account, or need to determine the activities of your teen daughter, this episode of The Law Enforcement Social Media Podcast and COPS on Blab is just for y...
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Bitcoin, Crypto-Currencies and 4 Reasons Why Law Enforcement Should Care

Bitcoin, Crypto-Currencies and 4 Reasons Why Law Enforcement Should Care
The following article first appeared on Policeone.com in January 2014. It is being re-posted on lawenforcement.social with the authors approval. Crypto-currency is a fast paced and evolving platform. Information contained in this article may be a bit outdated, but certainly worth the knowledge for law enforcement. Since 2011, I've been studying and investigating a new form of digital currency, oft...
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Facebook now allows access via the 'Deep Web'

Facebook now allows access via the 'Deep Web'
In an interesting turn of events, Facebook announced today that it is allowing access to its platform via a deep web service commonly known as TOR.  If you are not familiar with the Tor network, it allows users to hide their identities online. The Tor network if well known for the Silk Road, a web site that sold drugs, guns and other illegal items via the deep web.  In October 2013, Ross...
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