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Intelligence in the Knowledge Society- Conferință organizată de Academia Națională de Informații „Mihai Viteazul” în colaborare cu Universitatea Națională de Informații din SUA

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București – România / 13-14 octombrie 2016. În cadrul Academiei Naționale de Informații „Mihai Viteazul” a fost organizată a XXII-a ediție a conferinței internaționale „Intelligence in the Knowledge Society”. Conferința are loungă tradiție, anul acesta a ajuns la a 22-a ediție și are ca obiectiv principal încurajarea comunicării interdisciplinare și schimburile între mediul academic și practicienii care manifestă interes față de transformările din domeniile intelligence și securitate.

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Anul acesta, Conferința „Intelligence in the Knowledge Society” și-a propus un format inovator, în sensul găzduirii atât a discuțiilor tematice propuse, cât și a sesiunilor de dezbatere și prezentări de tip expert talk, oferind tinerilor cercetători și studenților doctoranzi în domenii conexe studiilor de securitate și intelligence oportunitatea de a-și prezenta stadiul cercetărilor curente și viziunea proprie asupra dinamicii de securitate în cadrul unei sesiuni dedicate de postere.

Bucurându-se de prezența a peste 150 de participanți, din România și din străinătate, a unor membri de prestigiu din mediul academic internațional, dar și de cea a unor experți și practicieni din domeniul studiilor de intelligence și de securitate, conferința a oferit oportunitatea dezbaterii și problematizării principalelor teme aflate pe agenda de securitate națională, regională și globală.

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Conferința din acest an s-a axat pe analiza modului în care practicile din domeniul intelligence-ului și securității au nevoie de o reconsiderare în vederea gestionării provocărilor asimetrice din partea unor agresori tot mai bine pregătiți.
În cadrul acestei ediții (2016) au participat invitați din mai multe state, reprezentanți ai mediului academic și profesioniști din domeniul securității, printre ei numărându-se adjunctul directorului Român de Informații, domnul Cristian Bizadea, rectorul Academiei Naționale de Informații „Mihai Viteazul” domnul Niculae Iancu, președintele Universității Naționale de Informații din SUA, domnul David R. Ellison, președintele International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE), precum și domnul Larry Valero.

Conferința s-a desfășurat în limba engleză și a urmărit tematici diverse. (Versiunea in limba engleză) Panels proposed until now for the 22nd edition of the international conference Intelligence in the Knowledge Society:

1. (Re)forming 21st century analytic lenses to think the unthinkable and see the unseeable
Consecrated threats and “blind spots” are multiplying and achieving new dimensions, questioning and challenging traditional paradigms and modi operandi, as well as the state’s ability to offer timely answers and act accordingly; for that, earlier anticipation and prevention require forward-looking Intelligence analytic tools adequate to an emerging volatile security environment.
2. Intelligence cooperation patterns for 21st century security-building
In today’s world, the need to know has shifted towards a need to cooperate determined by the insufficient approach of intelligence as knowledge in the absence of a shared experience. 
Moreover, intelligence cooperation is not only an asset to the agencies’ work, but also a proof of mutual trust and appreciation between states which concede to show each other some of their secrets.
3. Communication strategies and risk prevention: perspectives and lessons learned
 A good knowledge on security risks and social perception is an essential prerequisite in building efficient communication and risk prevention strategies that can contribute, in their turn, to the reduction of the population’s vulnerability and to an increased resilience towards national security risks.
We propose this debate on communication strategies and risk prevention in order to improve our capacity to prevent, prepare and respond to major national security risks, starting from the following key questions:
  • What are the limits of our risk communication strategies?
  • What are the main concerns of the Romanian population? and
  • What information does the society need regarding the risks identified?
 4. The 21st century cultures of resistance and discontent. From radicalization to terrorism, from uprising to civil war
 The late modernity we are experiencing today is characterized by a powerful return to multiple realities and the capacity if not the pure pleasure of the individual to challenge values once considered a priori – such as freedom, identity, loyalty, democracy etc. The skeptical citizen is focusing more and more on questioning and contesting established authority, be it the state, the media, science, religion or any mainstream institution of the 20th century for that matter. It is in this contest that we are inviting you to revisit cultures of resistance and discontent and their significance in the global context. Can radicalization, terrorism, violence and civil war be contained? Can we find the means to return the social energy unleashed by the cultures of resistance to the communities in which they were generated? Can discontent be woven into the fabric of society as positive forms of change? Aware that no simple answer can be given to this security dilemma, we’re inviting contributors to offer cross-disciplinary perspectives.
5. Governance during conflict: building stronger communities by developing effective conflict resolution strategies
The beginning of the millennium marked a new security paradigm, in which conflicts are no longer defined in a Trinitarian logic, thus shaping a multipolar, diffuse and interconnected map of power. Under the impact of globalization and fast-paced technological advancement, conflict gained new forms of manifestation, often hybrid. The panel addresses national and regional security threats, aiming at identifying efficient conflict resolution mechanisms and developing sustainable security-related policies.
6.  A technological view on training and education in intelligence: the analytic and quantitative roots
The use of information technology means in deploying exercises is considered to enrich and extend training or educational activities, in security and intelligence programs. Trough simulation, more or less serious games and other technology dependent instructional activities, the gap between the specific instruction for some particular job related tasks and the conceptual and theoretical approaches is said to be reduced. While such an approach gained momentum, the applied and quantitative perspective on security and intelligence seems to be far less visible, hidden in the background, irrespective of the fact that it conditions the simulation and gamification of any activity. 
This panel aims at demystifying and emphasizing each and every step on the road to using technology in security and intelligence, for training and educational purposes.  No matter the academic perspective of the speaker and the research area, from cybersecurity to socio-political issues, from intelligence analysis to military planning, we expect for presentations targeting the links between various mindsets, models and simulations, and thus exploring the hidden analytic and quantitative dimension of particular processes, phenomena, scenarios.
 7. Why backdoors to encryption is a bad idea
The governments of the United States of America and the Kingdom of the Netherlands have demonstrated their unwillingness to permit the law to be used to engineer back-doors in communications. On the 4th January 2016, it was announced that the Dutch government has formally opposed the introduction of backdoors in encryption products. A government position paper, published by the Ministry of Security and Justice and signed by the security and business ministers, concludes that „the government believes that it is currently not appropriate to adopt restrictive legal measures against the development, availability and use of encryption within the Netherlands.” The conclusion comes at the end of a five-page run-through of the arguments for greater encryption and the counter-arguments for allowing the authorities access to the information. „By introducing a technical input into an encryption product that would give the authorities access would also make encrypted files vulnerable to criminals, terrorists and foreign intelligence services,” the paper noted. „This could have undesirable consequences for the security of information communicated and stored, and the integrity of ICT systems, which are increasingly of importance for the functioning of the society” The panel will include, amongs others, experts from Germany, the Netherlands and the USA and will be moderated by the UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy, Professor Joe Cannataci. Sursa: intelligencestudies.ro
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