Intelligence and Surveillance Ethics – University of Copenhagen

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Intelligence and Surveillance Ethics

18th of September 2018, 12.00-16.00.
University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science
Øster Farimagsgade 5, Room 5.1.46

A common approach to “surveillance and intelligence ethics” is to think of it as a contradictory term. This is so, since surveillance and intelligence activities could be viewed as inherently unethical due to its often manipulating and secret nature. Perhaps as a consequence of public discussions and a professionalisation of intelligence, such statements seem to be becoming less frequent, and more and more scholars and practitioners think of ethics as a relevant and inevitable component of modern intelligence conduct.

At this workshop, a handful of the leading philosophical scholars on surveillance ethics will invite you to discuss some of the moral issues related to surveillance and intelligence. The scope of the workshop is to shine some more light on the ethical aspects of various types of intelligence and surveillance activities and open a discussion on some of the arguments from the ongoing ethical discussions.


12.00-12.30 Networking and informal talk. We will provide a sandwich for all participants.
12.30-12.40 Welcome, Kira Vrist Rønn, lecturer at University College Copenhagen, Emergency and Risk Management.
12.40-13.40 “The ethics of cybersecurity”, Kevin Macnish, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, NL
13.40-13.50 Break
13.50-14.50 “Surveillance and privacy”, Carissa Veliz, Researcher at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, U
14.50-15.00 Break
15.00-16.00 “The Possibility of Undercover Policing Ethics”, Christopher Nathan Research fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, UK
16.00- Networking, we will invite you to stay a little longer, have a drink and meet the other participants.

Please register by sending an e-mail to Kira Vrist Rønn ( no later than the 14th of September 2018.

Organised by NordSTEVA, working group on Ethics and Law The Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST) And University College Copenhagen