Dr. Patrick Neal is a social scientist with 30 years in justice and public safety field. As a social scientist, he examines the relationship between information & technology, society, security, safety, and justice. During his career Dr. Neal has developed insights into how people search for and use data and information to harm others. He completed his Doctor of Social Sciences at Royal Roads University in 2019. His thesis, Protecting the Information Society: An Exploratory Study of Corporate Decision makers’ attitudes towards Active Cyber Defence, examined the relationship between cyber deterrence, information weaponization, and social contract theory. Dr. Neal is currently examining the role of information seeking behavior, decision making, technology within the scope of violent online behaviors which manifest as kinetic events.