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Our 3D Printed Future

Sep 05, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: Mark Tallman

In this installment on technology, crime, and DIY weapons, we'll examine the status of "3D printed" guns. In my own research, I found that the criminal implications are still largely over-hyped. However, 3D printed guns are improving, and they will eventually appeal for crime under some (comparatively limited) circumstances.i In a more general sense, printable guns are one of the first issues to invite serious discussion about the security impac... Full Article »

Technology & Homemade “Ghost” Guns

Jun 12, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Mark Tallman

Recent years have seen rapid developments in manufacturing technologies like 3D printers and computer numeric controlled (CNC) mills. These tools are legal, multi-use, increasingly available, and hold tremendous beneficial potential. They've also brought renewed attention to homemade (or "DIY") firearms, fueling speculation about a new "ghost gun" epidemic. I've spent the last couple years researching this topic, reviewing hundreds of documents... Full Article »

Unmasking the Mask: 21st Century Criminal Disguises

Apr 24, 2017 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Training
By: Mark Tallman

What’s in a face? These days, a lot. Between public CCTV, private surveillance, and an internet-connected camera in everybody’s pocket, most people are now captured on camera many times throughout their day. Civil libertarians and privacy advocates are within their rights to encourage discussions on privacy. Yet, if we take a hint from other technologic trends, we can bet that CCTV, facial recognition systems, and video biometrics will only ... Full Article »