Assembling Publics

Around Public-Private Financial Information-Sharing
Thursday, 7 November 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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Contact person: 
Anna Bogic
Email: 
abogic@uottawa.ca
Phone: 
613-562-5800
Extension: 
2664
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Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network (ITN)

Public and private security actors increasingly collaborate within partnerships to enable the prevention, detection and prosecution of money laundering and terrorism financing. Financial information-sharing partnerships (FISPs) co-develop security knowledge and typologies. In some cases, partnerships facilitate the sharing of intelligence or tactical information regarding individuals, networks or legal entities of interest from law enforcement agencies with financial institutions such as banks. This presentation contributes to debates on security, secrecy and publicity at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Critical Security Studies (CSS) in three ways. Firstly, the study contributes new empirical ethnographic work on public-private security cooperation at the finance-security nexus by documenting the recent establishment of the Terrorism Financing Taskforce in the Netherlands. Secondly, the notion of ‘publics’ is explored both as ‘the publics that were anticipated and assembled’ around the partnership as well as the process around ‘making it public’. Indeed, studying how, why, if and for whom political issues become a matter of public concern is crucial for purposes of accountability and informed democratic debate on security practices. Finally, I argue for the revaluation of description as a mode of critical inquiry into security practices.

Esmé Bosma is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam and a member of project FOLLOW: Following the Money from Transaction to Trial, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) (www.projectfollow.org). For her research project she has conducted field research inside and around banks in Europe to analyse counter-terrorism financing practices by financial institutions. Her research lies at the intersection between (critical) security studies and science and technology studies. She holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam. She is co-editor of the book Secrecy and Methods in Security Research. A Guide to Qualitative Fieldwork (Routledge, 2019).