Criminologists use geographical locations to identify Banksy


In 2016, a group of criminologists intend on identifying the famous graffiti artist Banksy used a forensic technique known as geographical profiling. The technique is more commonly used to identify potential suspects in cases of serial rape, arson, and murder, and works by mapping crimes to see if they cluster around particular geographical locations. The researchers had, however, a clue: the Daily Mailhad previously identified a candidate: Robin Gunningham. The researchers used addresses known to be associated with Gunningham to see if Banksy's work clustered around those locations. Noted data scientist Kate Crawford called the research unethical, and the researchers admitted that although their work provided some support for the Gunningham theory it wasn't probative.

Writer: Kashmir Hill

Publication: Splinter News

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