The public safety issues that concern Canadians and the agencies that protect them are constantly evolving. In addition to dealing with current threats, these agencies must identify emerging threats, adapt to the landscape of changing legislation (see addendum) and develop human resources, skills and tools so that they are prepared to meet these ever-evolving threats.
All the while, social media has become central to the way people and groups communicate and interact. In the process, it has become a fertile source of potential intelligence. However, the sheer volume of data, the speed of events, and the relative anonymity available to those active in social media all present challenges for public safety agencies. That is why many are turning to data analytics to give them an advantage in protecting the general public.
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