FOLLOW members Pieter Lagerwaard and Rocco Bellanova host Foivi Mouzakiti and Anthony Amicelle to discuss how Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) coordinate their operations across distance and difference. FIUs play a pivotal role in financial surveillance. They receive transaction information from commercial actors, mediate this into intelligence, and disseminate it to other security actors. FIUs need to cooperate to follow money trails across borders. However, in practice, they are considerably different organizations adapted to their national environments. This webinar asks how FIUs negate their differences, coordinate their activities, and exchange financial intelligence across the globe.
This webinar is the second webinar of the series ‘Money as Security Data: Surveillance, Intelligence, Evidence’. The series explores ways in which ‘money’ has become security data in the practices of counter-terrorism financing. We show, discuss and critique the digital cultures of financial surveillance and ways in which mundane financial transactions are analysed, identified, and shared. We discuss how mundane transactions data become understood as ‘intelligence’ that is shared internationally in the context of investigations. We explore how transaction data have the capacity to function as ‘evidence’ before a court of law.
FOLLOW members Esmé Bosma and Carola Westermeier host Vanessa Iofalla and Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn to discuss how banks experiment with digital technologies to detect suspicious transactions. Banks are legally obliged to conduct customer research, monitor transactions and to report transactions that are possibly related to money laundering or terrorist financing to the authorities. Because of the millions of transactions that flow daily through their databases, banks are reliant on digital technologies that filter and monitor their customers. This webinar explores how financial surveillance is characterised by processes of continuous experimentation.
This webinar is the first webinar of the series ‘Money as Security Data: Surveillance, Intelligence, Evidence’. The series explores ways in which ‘money’ has become security data in the practices of counter-terrorism financing. We show, discuss and critique the digital cultures of financial surveillance and ways in which mundane financial transactions are analysed, identified, and shared. We discuss how mundane transactions data become understood as ‘intelligence’ that is shared internationally in the context of investigations. We explore how transaction data have the capacity to function as ‘evidence’ before a court of law.
On the 6th of February 2020, Marieke de Goede, Esmé Bosma and Polly Pallister-Wilkins launch their edited volume ‘Secrecy and Methods in Security Research’ in Spui 25. The book launch is part of is part of the INTERSECT workshop ‘The Future of EU Security: issues, concepts and approaches’ that will take place on the 7th of February.
What are the challenges when doing research in secretive places, like security institutions, detention centers, and digital spaces? How can students and researchers deal with those challenges? The meeting stages a discussion between some of the book’s chapter authors. Amsterdam-based artist Adzer van der Molen, who painted the cover image, will reflect on the challenge of visualizing places of violence.
The third and final INTERSECT workshop will address the topic The Future of EU Security: issues, concepts and approaches. The event will be held at the University of Amsterdam in 6-7 February 2020. The workshop will be organised in cooperation with the FOLLOW project and its main objective is to advance on a future research agenda for EU security that will unfold within the triangle of INTERSECT, i.e. within the mutual influences between technology developments, security practices, and societal change. The secondary objective is to foster dialogue between researchers, practitioners, students, and the general public.
FOLLOW members Tasniem Anwar, Esmé Bosma and Pieter Lagerwaard convene an Early Career Workshop at the 13th Pan-European Conference on International Relations at Sofia University “Sveti Kliment Ohridski”.
How can we deal with research dilemmas, challenging methodological questions and what should we include in the writing of our methodology sections, when the research entailed unpredictable and ‘messy’ circumstances?The workshop aims to make these challenging methodological questions visible and up for discussion. We invite participants to share their (personal) research and writing experiences, including those that might not have worked well, and to reflect and discuss which experiences may or may not end up in their written accounts
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FOLLOW team member Bruno Magalhães convened and organised the Workshop ‘EU-Brazil Cooperation on Migration and Borders‘ at the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES, UvA).
“What makes European policies designed to manage migration and combat transnational crime travel more or less successfully around the world? This workshop uses the example of Europe-Brazil migration and border management cooperation to address this issue. Migration and borders have become key topics for the relation between the European Union, Brazil and other Latin American countries in recent years. On the follow up to the 2018 UN Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees, the EU has elected sound migration management in Latin America a strategic priority. The ‘European Union – Latin America and the Caribbean Structured Dialogue on Migration’ has also recently highlighted data sharing as a priority for cooperation between the regions.”
Tasniem Anwar, Rocco Bellanova and Pieter Lagerwaard presented the Paper ‘Recode We Must. Bringing ambiguity back in’ in the ‘Re-coding Black Mirror’ Workshop at CPDP 2019 ‘Computers and Democracy’ held at Brussels.
“Black Mirror is a British sci-fi series directed by Charlie Brooker portraying a dystopian future emanating from the wide use of digital advancements. Even though Black Mirror’s episodes do not entirely rely on the widespread availability of existing technology, some of the advancements presented are not from such a distant future.
Re-coding Black Mirror aims at creating dialogue and connections between computer, data and social scientists and also activists and privacy advocates that are interested in the societal and ethical implications of digital technologies. In order to address emerging social phenomena from different perspectives, the workshop employs a novel interactive format, where researchers are invited to create futuristic scenarios as the ones depicted in Black Mirror exploring emerging societal and ethical concerns.
It will also be a forum for raising opportunities of networking with scholars from different fields to explore novel research problems that can be relevant to both the web and social science communities.”
Marieke de Goede and all FOLLOW team members and associates presented their current research projects.
FOLLOW team member Pieter Lagerwaard and Natalie Welfens organised the AISSR event ‘What drives you? Personal Motivations in Social Science Research‘.
Panel discussants: Prof. Dr. Marieke de Goede (Political Science), Dr. Thijs Bol (Sociology), Dr. Rachel Spronk (Anthropology) and Prof. Dr. Tom van der Meer (Political Science)
“What drives us to choose certain research topics, methods, and strategies for the dissemination of research results? How does our broader societal and political engagement relate to personal research motivations?
Too often, we tend to discuss these kind of questions through the grammar of the objective/subjective, neutral/biased or along methodological lines. This panel proposes a new angle by thinking about personal motivations across the disciplinary and methodological divides. It will address fundamental questions such as the role of the researcher in data-production, the influence of personal motivations for studying a topic, and the challenges of navigating between societal outreach and impact on the one side, and academic ‘neutrality’ on the other.”
Esmé Bosma participated at the Roundtable ‘Can public/private partnership approaches to fighting financial crime scale-up in Europe?’ organised by the Future of Financial Intelligence Sharing (FFIS) international research programme/The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). “The FFIS programme delivers a range of workshops to inform the establishment of public-private financial information-sharing partnerships in key jurisdictions and major financial centres. The workshops convene key policy, law enforcement, regulator, finance and professional sector leaders and research/NGO experts at the national and international level” (website FFIS).
“This roundtable is part of a series of FFIS events convened in jurisdictions that have developed public/private partnership and intelligence-led responsive reporting as part of their AML/CFT system. These roundtables aim to explore the desirability, opportunities and barriers to increase the scale of outputs from public/private financial information-sharing”.