FOLLOW analyses

FOLLOW analyses the ways in which private companies operate in the frontline of security practice. Increasingly, companies have to identify, select and interpret suspicious transactions. This project follows the trajectory of suspicious financial transactions across private and public spheres. It studies the ‘chain of translation’ whereby a transaction is rendered from bank registration to suspicious transaction to court evidence.


FOLLOW uses the notion of a Chain of Security in order to conceptualise the ways in which security judgements are made across public/private domains. In Pandora’s Hope, Bruno Latour offers the term ‘chain of translation’ to conceptualise the production of scientific facts. We visualise the path of the suspicious transaction as a chain of translation, whereby commercial transactions are collected, stored, transferred and analysed in order to arrive at security facts.


FOLLOW is a 5-year research project at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science research (AISSR) of the University of Amsterdam. FOLLOW is supported by Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC).

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