07 October 2019

Final Conference Programme

How do security technologies sustain, bolster or challenge core Nordic values and political structures? These issues have been at the heart of the Centre of Excellence for Security Technologies and Societal Values (NordSTEVA) for the past five years.

Ranging from studies of social media, surveillance, algorithms used to create big data to energy technologies we have investigated how those technologies are embedded in everyday social and institutional practices and how they support or challenge Nordic values. In this final conference, we revisit these focal points and point to future trends and theoretical and empirical insights. The first day is dedicated to academic discussion, whereas the second day is dedicated to the view of practitioners. We encourage all participants to take part in both days, if possible.

The programme for the final conference is as follows:

28th of November:

8.30: Coffee and registration

9.15: Welcome by Professor (WSR) Karen Lund Petersen, Director of NordSTEVA and Associate Professor Trine Villumsen Berling, Team Leader NordSTEVA Copenhagen

9.30: Keynote by Ole Wæver, Politics of Technology 

10.15: Coffee and networking

10.45 Parallel breakout sessions: presentation of short ‘idea papers’

(1) Information technology

Moderator: Mark Jaeger

Original optimism about in the democracy enhancing and emancipatory potential of information technology has been replaced by gloomy doomsday prophecies about allencompassing control and surveillance by states and companies resulting in gross violations privacy and massive manipulation of information, fake news and insulated bubble news that threaten to undermine democracy. This panel presents NordSteva research results regarding how these developments are resisted in view of renegotiation and reinstating a democratic and emancipatory role for Information Technology.


Linda Monsees, Goethe University Frankfurt

Mareile Kaufmann, PRIO

Rune Saugmann Andersen, University of Tampere

Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Copenhagen Business School

Anna Leander, Graduate Institute, Geneva

Jonathan Austin, Graduate Institute, Geneva

(2) Intelligence

Moderator: Kira Vrist Rønn

This session looks at emerging Nordic intelligence practices whereby private businesses and public organisations cooperate to improve intelligence results. It raises questions, not only about the efficiency of intelligence processes, but also about changing meanings of authority, responsibility and public engagement in today’s security politics. Furthermore the sessions will focus on the proliferation of intelligence into new domains and contexts.


Hedvig Ördén, Stockholm University

Tereza Kuldova, Christin Thea Wathne, Helene Gundhus, Oslo Metropolitan University and University of Oslo

Jenny Maria Lundgaard, Norwegian Police University College (PHS)

Adam Diderichsen, University College Copenhagen

12.45 Lunch

13.45 Parallel breakout sessions: presentation of short ‘idea papers’

(3) Infrastructure

Moderator: Kristoffer Lidén

This session looks into how different forms of infrastructure ranging from digital infrastructure to energy technologies morph the Nordic region by interweaving materiality, practices and societal discourses of security, risk and resilience. The session looks at the interconnectedness of infrastructures and how crises might spread between them to the detriment of societal security. The concepts of resilience and societal security will be central to this debate.


Ole Andreas Engen, Stavanger University

Åshild Kolås, PRIO

Henrik Tehler, Lund University

Tobias Liebetrau, Copenhagen University

Mats Fridlund, University of Gothenburg

Trine Villumsen Berling, University of Copenhagen

(4) The Framing of Emergency Management as Societal Security: Implications for Nordic Values

Moderator: Mark Rhinard

How is technology changing emergency management, preparedness and collaboration between emergency agencies and private stakeholders and citizens? Is there a special Nordic trajectory, or are we witnessing general trends in emergency practices? Changing concepts of risk, safety, security and responsibility stand at the heart of this discussion as we review new regimes of collaboration as well as new visions for the role of security institutions in society.


Sebastian Larsson, University of Stockholm/King’s College, London

Sissel H. Jore, University of Stavanger

Claudia Morsut, University of Stavanger

Tapio Juntunen, University of Tampere

Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen, University of Jyväskylä

Karen Lund Petersen, University of Copenhagen

15.45 Coffee and networking

16.15-16.45: Follow-up discussion

17.00-18.30: Live-hacking event

29th of November:

Security technologies are changing the way the Nordic societies function. This raises a number of dilemmas for policy and industry practitioners. Cyber security, surveillance, and dual-use technologies offer smart solutions for securing our region, but at the same time raise thorny issues pertaining to core Nordic values. To meet this challenge, the ’NordSTEVA Dilemma Dialogues’ will offer candid talks about current dilemmas facing practitioners. In these four sessions, three to four key practitioners will present us with their view on today's Nordic challenges, leading up to an open debate with the audience on the political implications and solutions for the future.

9.15: Welcome back by Professor (WSR) Karen Lund Petersen, Director of NordSTEVA and Associate Professor Trine Villumsen Berling, Team Leader NordSTEVA Copenhagen

9.30: Keynote by Tommaso Venturini, From Fake News to Junk News. On Online Attention Hyper-Synchronization and Q&A

10.30: Coffee and networking

10.45Dilemma Dialogue: Information technology and intelligence

Moderator: Kira Vrist Rønn, University College Denmark & Karen Lund Petersen, University of Copenhagen

In this seminar we will turn to the experiences with the use of ICTs in the practices of the Nordic Intelligence Services. What are the experiences with big data? What are the experiences with the use of social media? What are the pitfalls and the potential value? We turn attention to the many political and moral dilemmas that often appear when ICTs are used as a defensive means of protection (e.g. in relation to collection) and as a means for offensive action against potential enemies.


Jakob Scharf, Director of CERTA and former Director of the Danish Security Intelligence Service

Guro Skjerve, Police and Intelligence Officer at Oslo Police District

12.00: Lunch

13.00: Dilemma Dialogue: Emergency and Infrastructure

Moderator: Mark Rhinard, University of Stockholm & Odd Einar Falnes Olsen, Stavanger University

In past years, Nordic countries have witnessed a divergence in strategies towards ‘citizen preparedness’ for major breakdowns in critical infrastructure. Whereas some countries issue pamphlets and prioritise the ’72 hour rule’, others have decided that preparedness should remain a matter for the state. This divergence reveals different beliefs in the relationship between the state and individual, and casts questions of resilience and responsibility into the spotlight. What is the background for the different strategies? How does it differ amongst Nordic countries? And what might it mean for Nordic cooperation in the event of a breakdown?


Torstein Nielsen, Chief Emergency Management, Stavanger municipality Norway

Bjarne Siewertsen, Senior advisor Danish Emergency Management Agency

Christina Andersson, MSB, Head of Citizen Relations

14.15: Quick refill

14.30: Closing remarks

15.15: Thank you and goodbye by Professor (WSR) Karen Lund Petersen and Director of NordSTEVA

Please make sure to register to the Final Conference here.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch on: NordSTEVA2019@ifs.ku.dk