This month's newsletter includes the following:
- Prize Nominations
- Website needs: photos and history
- Upcoming Conferences
- Decoding the Human Conference (Cyber Espionage and Cybercrime)
- Illicit Actors, Regional Governance, and Development
- Intelligence and Homeland Security Enterprise Conference
- Dirty Assets
If you have any thing that you would like to include in a future mailing or featured on the website, or if you have any questions or concerns, please email me.
We are coming an end to the nomination period for this year. I would like to strongly encourage everyone on this list to nominate a senior scholar, a publication, or a Ph.D. dissertation for our prize by the June 30th deadline. I have created a form where you can lodge your nominationwhich can be found here. So head on over there and make your nomination. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to write me.
The IASOC Website
The website is coming along nicely and we hope to unveil it by the end of September (if not before!). There are a couple of things that you might be able to help with. The first is that we would like photographs that might represent organized crime or illicit enterprise in some way, so if you have pictures of something you have done in the field or perhaps a financial center in Europe that we could use (you must own the copyright of the photo and you would give us a license to use it), please send them to me.
Also, if you have been around IASOC for a while, you might be able to help out by filling in some of the blanks we have in terms of IASOC history. I have set up a google document which can be accessed here with the information that Jay Albanese kindly provided. Please feel free to add what you know. Just make the corrections and I will review them periodically.
With all of the upcoming conferences, I'd like to encourage presenters to send me their presentation times once they are announced. I would also encourage all speakers to record their presentations so those members who could not attend can still hear the content and discussion. I am having the new website built so that it is capable to host audio and video recordings as well as open source versions of publications and working papers.
I will be attending ESC and ASC and can help with recording there. If you have questions, please feel free to get in touch. I will be developing a guide to recording and cleaning audio, and any help there is much appreciated.
Also, for those who are going to ESC, if you have any interest in organizing an OC event - such as a dinner with those who are attending and studying OC -- one of the evenings please get in touch and I will try to get something together.
Decoding the Human: Social Science Approaches to Cyber Espionage and Cybercrime
June 15th and 16th, Oxford.
This conference serves to highlight the social dimensions of cyber espionage and cybercrime. With the focus often on the more technical aspects of cybersecurity, the human actor can sometimes be forgotten. Jointly organized by the Oxford Intelligence Group and the Human Cybercriminal Project of the Extra-Legal Governance Institute, this event aims to bring together leading thinkers in these areas from across academia, journalism, government and the private sector.
For more information click here.
Workshop | Illicit Actors, Regional Governance, and Development
September 10th, University of Winchester
The day will consist of an interactive workshop organised around five presentations of short pre-circulated papers. The audience will be limited to a maximum of 20 to facilitate discussion and the development of ideas. All participants will be encouraged to contribute to discussions during the day.
We are keen to invite an additional paper for this event relevant to the concerns of the network. We are interested in both theoretical and empirical contributions. If you would like to submit a paper for consideration for this event please could you email a title and abstract (up to 200 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 19th June. (Please note there may also be opportunities to present work at future events).
If you are interested in attending this event please email email@example.com by Friday 19th June 2015 to reserve a place (please note the limit on places).
For more information, click here.
Intelligence and Homeland Security Enterprise Conference
September 16 - 18th, Charleston, South Carolina
This conference will take place at the Citadel. The deadline for submissions is July 15th. Topics of interest include
- Cyber Security Challenges
- Terrorist Challenges
- US Intelligence Challenges
- Emergency Preparedness and Response Disasters.
- Port/Maritime Security.
- Law Enforcement and Intelligence Challenges
- Challenges Confronting the Southeast US: Drug Smuggling and Human Trafficking
- Education and Training Challenges with Homeland Security and Intelligence.
Dirty Assets: Experiences, reflections, and lessons learnt from a decade of legislation on criminal money laundering and terrorism financing
Alongside conventional policing responses to organised crime and corruption, there is an increasing focus on the accumulated financial assets of those engaged in criminal activity, as embodied in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Following the financial trails of terrorists has gained prominence post-9/11. The approaches are set out in a range of legislation (the Terrorism Act 2000, the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, and the Terrorist Asset Freezing etc Act 2010) and involve an emphasis on intelligence gathering as much as the negation of the value of criminal enterprise.
The AHRC has funded a series of three workshops, the first of which was on October 2014, designed to bring together in a network key stakeholders from policy, practice, and research backgrounds to explore emerging issues surrounding criminal and/or terrorist assets.
The Dirty Assets project's output page can be found here.