[Air-L] Social Networks - Gun Background Checks?

Sharon Haleva Amir sharon at trebcon.com
Sat Jan 19 07:50:14 PST 2013

Dear Andrew, Prof. Raphael Cohen-Almagor and myself wrote an article
regarding this issue a few years ago in Studies in Ethics, Law & Technology 

"Bloody Wednesday in Dawson College - The Story of Kimveer Gill, or Why
Should We Monitor Certain Websites to Prevent Murder"

You can download from through SSRN -

Good luck, Sharon 

Best Wishes,
Sharon Haleva Amir, 
School of Governance and Social Policy, Beit Berl College, 
HCLT Fellow, (PhD Candidate) Faculty of Law, 
University of Haifa, ISRAEL. 
SSRN Author Page: http://ssrn.com/author=1227022 

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Subject: [Air-L] Social Networks - Gun Background Checks?

Hi all,

As a Chicagoan, it's very rare that even a week goes by during which this
city is not home to multiple gun-related homicides. So, it is with some
relief that I see President Obama fighting for universal background checks
in order to buy a gun. As I read more on the subject of background checks, I
started to realize that the devil might be in the details. The term in
America "going postal" refers to cases when ordinary citizens just go crazy
and shoot people. These checks would not prevent these individuals.

Now, I do wonder about social media. Could this be an application of big
data - with lots of refinement, could a few remarks on Facebook trigger a
response before tragedy? Has there been any research into combing social
network data to prevent these sorts of individuals or alternatively are
there any programs for anti-terrorism that might be converted?

Avid reader, first time writer.

Thank you,

Professor Andrew Levin, MS
Harper College
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