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Law Enforcement, Regulation and the Use, Abuse and Control of Information

Call for Papers

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair system. They must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for the submissions is Monday 19 January 2015.

We live in an information society. Online and offline, information is more easily created, access and stored. Interactions between the individual and the state are driven by information (allowing risks to be identified and policy choices made to combat such risks), and lead to information being created and retained. Information is retained by and shared between enforcement bodies and forms a key part of the response to criminal activity. Information is used to ‘nudge’ choice in a way that supports policy goals, and information disclosure is seen as a solution to societal problems and as a method of ensuring accountability. Ownership and use of information provide a key area of dispute between private individuals. Information in gathered from a variety of places, by a variety of actors, using a variety of means, for purposes from intelligence and security to resisting fraudulent motor vehicle claims.
Topics may include:
• Information sharing between members of governance networks, be they regulators, police forces, intelligence services or businesses (domestic or outside of the jurisdiction).
• Information obtained from whistleblowers, leaks, members of the public, informants. The ethical and legal consequences of acting on information communicated anonymously.
• The retention or loss of information.
• Use of information which may have been obtained though potentially illegal or unethical means. Can the use of such information ever be justified?
• Schemes that lead to the disclosure of information, and the use of such information to achieve valuable goals
• The use of information by public bodies or businesses to target activities
• Information obtained via publically accessible websites, such as social networking, and the use of such information
• The public dissemination about individuals (for example the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme)
• The role of information in ensuring accountability
• The ownership of information and the ways that its use may be controlled.
• The protection of one’s information
The stream organisers are the co-ordinators of the Information in Regulation and Enforcement Group (IREG), which seeks to examine the ways that different bodies in governance networks gather, process, manage, use and transmit information.

Session Programme (Papers and rooms are subject to change)

Wednesday: Session 5: Social Sciences Room S1.14

Session Title: Sharing of Forensic Bioinformation

Papers: A distinctive mark: Assessing the Present Parliament’s Contribution to the Governance of Forensic Biometric Data - Tim Wilson

The Risks of Using and Sharing Biometric Data to Tackle Crime Across the EU - Chris Wood

Why should we share forensic bioinformation beyond national borders - towards a theoretical framework - Ashley Savage and Richard Hyde

Wednesday: Session 6: Social Sciences Room S1.14

Session Title: Whistleblowing

Papers: Empowering the Vulnerable to Speak Up: The migrant worker as whistleblower -Ashley Savage and Ian Fitzgerald

Whistle while you work: effective data sharing and protection of the vulnerable - Helen James

The Halfway House is Only Halfway Built: Towards a Fit-for-Purpose Understanding of ‘Prescribed Persons’ in the Public Interest Disclosure Act - Richard Hyde

Thursday: Session 7: Ramphal R2.41

Session Title: Information Sharing I

Papers: ''Clare's Law' under the spotlight: The 'politics of public protection' in the promotion of a 'risk information' Disclosure Scheme' - Jamie Grace

The power of diversity data: a nudge in the right direction through voluntary benchmarking - Richard Collins and Laura Holloway.

Auditors and Information Sharing: An Initial Exploration - Catriona Hyde

Thursday: Session 8: Ramphal R2.41

Session Title: Information Sharing II

Papers: Information about information law and the effects of its release and restriction - Judith Townend

Share and share alike? Trust, anonymisation and data sharing - Marion Oswald and Helen James

'Liberty, Security and the Permanency of Information in the Governance of Risk: Catt in the Supreme Court' - Jamie Grace