January 11, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Dr. Derek Silva recently joined King’s as an Assistant Professor of Criminology. In his latest published piece, he discusses domestic spying.  Domestic spying refers to the activities of intelligence agencies oriented at the home population of citizens within nations.

“In Domestic Spying: A Comparative-Historical Perspective”, Mathieu Deflem of the University of South Carolina, Dr. Silva of King's University College and Anna Rogers of the University of South Carolina offer a comparative-historical outlook of domestic spying.

The article discusses domestic spying as a social problem, a history of domestic intelligence in the United States, domestic intelligence around the world and the debate of domestic spying.

 “Widespread domestic spying on individuals is illegal, according to section 8 of the Charter, but domestic intelligence gathering remains something of a grey area because the practices are both very technical and highly secretive. It is therefore vital to understand how our domestic intelligence agencies collect, analyze, and disseminate information that might operate within the margins or within grey areas of law,” says Silva.

Dr. Silva’s research interests are in critical criminology, terrorism and radicalization, policing, corruption, and sport. At King’s, he teaches Statistics for Sociology, Sociology of Terrorism, and Sociology of Sport & Physical Fitness.