Prof. Marieke de Goede discussed ‘Configurations of Suspicion in Financial Datamining‘ at the ‘Race & Surveillance‘ Conference co-organised by the Centre For Research on Race and Law (Birkbeck, University of London) and the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology, supported by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.
“This one day conference on race and surveillance will explore the way in which race is produced and formed by contemporary surveillance practices and techniques. Racialised differences are reproduced and rearticulated in the use of new surveillance methods, most clearly in terms of pre-crime practices and mechanisms. There has been strong and public resistance to the phenomenon of normalised and blanket surveillance since Edward Snowden’s revelations about the practices of the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US. However, scholarly scrutiny of the differential material and discursive effects of surveillance is urgently needed. Contemporary practices of surveillance are based on long histories of inventing ‘other races’ and the observation and control of minoritised ‘communities’ in the colonies and imperial centres. Understanding contemporary surveillance practices demands understanding their origins in and ongoing connection to colonial histories.”
Esmé Bosma took part in the Competition Workshop on “FinTech and Competition in the Financial Sector” organised by CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics (ACLE).
The goal was to discuss how “FinTech may change the financial sector, to what extent FinTech challengers are able to compete with incumbents, and how policymakers should respond”. “New “FinTech” firms offer novel digital financial services and start to compete with the traditional banks – who are heavily investing in information technology themselves. Policymakers are adjusting to these developments, as illustrated by the new Payments Services Directive and the “Innovation Hub” of the Dutch financial supervisors” (see for more information the link to the programme).
FOLLOW team members participated at the International Stakeholder Dialogue, organized by the Dutch Ministry of Finance, the World Bank and Human Security Collective in The Hague. The initiative “brought together public- and private-sector stakeholders – banks, humanitarian organizations, government policymakers and regulators, and international organizations” (see the agenda and background information in the link). During plenary sessions and interactive roundtable discussions, the goal was “to identify causes, and, more importantly, to share experiences, actions and strategies to ensure that access to financial services is safeguarded for NPOs”
International sanctions, anti-money laundering/counter terrorism financing compliance requirements and business considerations “may result in refusal to on-board certain clients or to perform financial transactions, particularly international wire transfers. When legitimate parties are ‘derisked’, critical needs of refugees and others in dire need could be jeopardized.
Esmé Bosma attended two information sessions on the implementation of Payment Service Directive 2 organised by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) on 26 September 2017 and 8 February 2018. See for more information about PSD2 the link ‘more info’.
Dr. Rocco Bellanova moderated the Panel ‘From “old” filter bubbles to political microtargeting’ at Privacy Camp 2018 – ‘Speech, Settings and [in]Security by Design’ held at Brussels.
Watch the discussion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iopSXTatptE
“PrivacyCamp.EU is an annual conference held the day before the start of the CPDP. The event brings together digital rights advocates, members of NGOs, activists as well as academics and policy-makers from all around Europe and beyond to discuss the most pressing issues facing human rights online.
Privacy Camp is jointly organised by EDRi, Privacy Salon vzw, USL-B, VUB-LSTS, the Institute for European Studies and CPDP.”
Prof. Dr. Marieke de Goede held the keynote lecture at INTERSECT’s first workshop. Dr. Rocco Bellanova presented the paper ‘Making Data Flow: the Material Infrastructures of Transatlantic Security‘ (co-authored with Mariede de Goede).
“The collaborative research Network INTERSECT creates a cross-European structure for advancing the knowledge on the many facets of the interplays between technological developments, security practices, and societal changes in Europe. It provides an open forum in which established and early career academics working on related issues meet and develop research ideas while engaging with civil society.
As technological developments challenge common perceptions of space and time, they impact the way security is practiced and open up a myriad of questions about the values that sustain our societies and the principles that govern them. With its online presence, academic publications and public events, INTERSECT will contribute to public and academic debates around topics such as surveillance, public-private relations and hybrid rule, cybersecurity, use of drones and artificial intelligence, data retention, or suspect profiling.”
Academics, NGO representatives, civil society organisations and high-level EU officials gathered in Malmö to discuss technology–security interplays in Europe.
Find the objectives and programme for this workshop here: Provisional programme – workshop secrecy & methods
Marieke de Goede and Mara Wesseling participated in Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer) Roundtable Meeting on Terrorism Financing (in Dutch), February 7, 2017.
November 2016: Marieke de Goede discusses ‘Security Practices’ at Harvest Day of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research.