Richard Hyde
Ashley Savage

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. Information is obtained by businesses and used to shape the advertising we see, or sold to third parties. 

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 by covert action – what are the limits on information that may be obtained? 
  • 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, and the challenges of obtaining such information (including FOIA) 
  • The ownership of information and the ways that its use may be controlled. 
  • The protection of one’s information 
  • The aggregation of information and big data 

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. 

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

The deadline for submissions is Monday 18th January 2016.