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Electronic Surveillance

Award Information

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Funding Category
Awardee County
Los Angeles
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $585,685)

This project will conduct research to identify the technology gaps in the current capabilities of law enforcement agencies to effectively conduct electronic surveillance, including recommendations as to how those gaps may be closed. Project efforts will focus on "apps" for mobile devices in the context of the world of Web 2.0 services, accessible from mobile devices, and implemented by a combination of apps and services in "in the cloud."


This award was initially made under the Fiscal Year 2011 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) solicitation "Electronic Surveillance Technologies for Criminal Justice Applications." This was a competitive award. In its application, the RAND Corporation proposed to assess the extent to which emerging technologies may be used to evade electronic surveillance, identify constructive strategies that could be pursued by law enforcement to overcome technology-driven impediments while assuring civil liberties and effective law enforcement remain in balance, and inform debate about how existing law and regulation might be changed in response to emerging technologies. As a consequence of its research, RAND Corporation developed MIKE (Mobile Intelligence and Knowledge Ecosystem). MIKE is a software tool that provides law enforcement agencies a roadmap to acquiring electronic data for investigative purposes by linking needed data, commercial firms controlling that data, and the laws that govern the access to and use of that data. The funds provided with this supplement support conduct of additional beta testing of MIKE, further analysis of policy questions, and preparation to transition MIKE to an operational status with one or more curators. nca/ncf

Date Created: September 11, 2011