Second panel "Security and Technology"

This event is part of CAF’s "Annual Panel on Citizen Security Cycle" and the OAS Inter-American Crime Observatories and Criminal Analysts Communities, part of their Department of Public Security.

The digitalization of processes, procedures and transactions, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, produces a large volume of data of various types and at high speed(bigdata). The evolution of information technologies, together with statistics, applied mathematics, artificial intelligence andmachinelearning, enable data analysis with the potential to unravel trends, patterns and correlations in all areas of interaction in a society.    

In an economic crisis context, exacerbated by the COVID-19 health crisis with growing demands for greater security by the population, the prevention and control of crime were not exempt from the inclusion and usage of technologies, especially those with analytical and predictive capabilities.  

Some governments and institutions in the field of public/citizen security have taken advantage of these "predictive" technologies so that they may anticipate possible criminal acts, with the aim of developing preventive strategies, reducing victimization, lowering fear of crime levels and making more effective use of resources.   

Technology and new advances in data analysis techniques facilitate, accelerate and open up new possibilities for current crime analysis, but also entail a number of difficulties and challenges that must be taken into account, prior to their adoption. n.  

After an introduction to predictive analytics, a presentation of two experiences, and an overview of factors that should be taken into account for its adoption, the panel will seek to identify and understand the advantages and challenges inherent in crime prediction in our region. This will include what is needed to implement it, as well as some possible guidelines, standards and norms that might be used when these measures are adopted. This activity seeks to share lessons learned and recommendations, as well as to encourage effective innovation in citizen/public security.   


Date: October 13, 2021

Hours: 2:00pm (Washington) | 3:00pm (Buenos Aires)

These event will be broadcast on the site, as well as the official OAS channels Youtube and Facebook



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  • Welcoming remarks
    • Karen Bozicovich Head of the Information and Knowledge Section of the OAS Department of Public Security
  • The rise, fall and reinvention of big data policing
    • Andrew Guthrie Ferguson Professor of Law at the American University and author of the book: The Rise of Big Data Policing Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement
  • Adoption of Pred Pol by the Uruguayan National Police and its implementation in the City of Montevideo
    • Ricardo Fraiman Specialist in citizen security and security forces
  • Crime prediction board of the Observatory of Studies on Coexistence and Security of the province of Córdoba
    • Roberto González Director of the Observatory of Studies on Coexistence and Citizen Security of the province of Córdoba, Argentina
    • Carlos Javier Vilalta Perdomo Academic member of CentroGEO
  • Q&A session
    • Karen Bozicovich Jefa de la Sección de Información y Conocimiento del Departamento de Seguridad Pública de la OEA
  • Closing remarks
    • Jorge Concha Director of Analysis and Technical Evaluation of Sustainable Development, CAF