Information Technologies

Information Technologies

Information Technologies

In line with Peter K. Manning

about Information Technologies in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The effects of technologies, or the ways that work is done, cannot be understood outside the organizational structures, routines, and tasks in which they are located. Organizations use many different technologies, their workings various, mysterious, and sometimes understood. Although they are often reified, or, on the other hand, ascribed human features, technologies should be seen as mediating between actors and extant relationships, norms, rules, and structures. Technologies have a role in shaping organizations but also in configuring them to respond to other, broader socioeconomic challenges. In some sense, the relationship between a technology and an organization is a series of challenges and responses. Policing is a traditional bureaucratic organization with rigid rules and a conservative purpose and mandate. Its technologies are fitted to these constraints, and even powerful information technologies have yet to alter policing. To discuss information technologies in policing, one must first outline the elements of technology.

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