BackgroundThe current approach to the validation of forensic and surveillance technologies for practice focuses strongly on their techno-scientific aspects, often neglecting tests of compatibility with policing and societal values.AimThis project aims to provide the outline of a more comprehensive social framework for the validation of forensic and surveillance technologies. Validation is here understood to not only take place in a technical sense (validation of the underlying scientific principles), but also for technology deployment outside the laboratory and for societal purposes such as security and justice.Objectives
To define basic principles for a more comprehensive approach to technology validation.
To define key components of such a validation framework, and describe their practical links.
To embed this framework within a broader discussion of how technology can contribute to the production of public goods.
This project is theory-building, informed by academic science practices and those of professional and policy criminal justice communities. The principal researcher previously conducted qualitative (in-depth) research with scientists, forensic lab researchers, policy makers, industry representatives, and civic society groups. Data were drawn from semi-structured interviews, documents (policy reports, grey literature, opinion pieces, practice reports, legislation), and media discourse.