Technological Solutions to the Piracy Problem? Challenges Ahead and Lessons Learned from the Horn of Africa – University of Copenhagen

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Technological Solutions to the Piracy Problem? Challenges Ahead and Lessons Learned from the Horn of Africa

In December 2013, Maritime Executive published a report claiming that “The crime against ships is one of the biggest concerns for maritime security professionals and sailors operating in high-risk areas.” They then proceed to look at how this concern is dealt with pointing out that technological solutions play a core role and are going to be at the heart of the USD 5 billion expansion they forecast for the maritime security market. In fact, already at present technological solutions hold a place of choice.  As the report puts it: “In 2013, the highest market share is accounted by surveillance and tracking technologies such as underwater surveillance, video surveillance, Automatic Identification System (AIS), Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT), radar, optronics, and thermal imaging.”

Technological innovations, such as the ones listed by Maritime Executive, as well as the databases, forecasting, real time mapping and other risk assessment tools to which they are tied have changed how the maritime security and piracy is and can be managed. In this workshop we want to engage a reflection on the effectiveness of these tools for dealing with piracy. More specifically we invite a range of experts to reflect on and share their experience with working with technological solutions to piracy around the Horn of Africa. We ask them to focus on three core questions:  (1) lessons they think we can already now draw regarding the potential and limits of technological solutions to the piracy problem; (2) what scope they see for developing coordination and collaboration around technical solutions to improve the way technological solutions are used; and (3) what actors and institutions are (or perhaps should be) given a greater place in these processes.

The workshop is an initiative of the Centre for the Resolution of International Conflict (CRIC) with the collaboration of CBS Maritime. It’s core aim is to involve experts from contexts including academia, the business world, the voluntary sector/NGOs and the public law enforcement in the co-creation of knowledge about innovative ways to approach conflict resolution.

To be held at Copenhagen Business School 26th May 2014, 10.00-17.00.

Registration is necessary and you can register by following this link


10.00-10.15   Welcome and introduction
Anna Leander, Professor MSO, Centre for resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC) and Copenhagen Business School

10.15-11.55   Panel 1:
Technical Solutions to Piracy? Lessons learnt and challenges ahead for providers

Ondrej Vanek, Researcher, Agent Technology Center
AgentC: multi-agent simulation framework for what-if analysis of maritime piracy
Jens Marquard Sørensen, Key Account Manager, Control Risk
Title (TBA)
Maurits F. Westerbeek van Eerten, Technical Director, Westmark
Title (TBA)

Discussant: Adrienne Mannov, Ph.D Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
Chair: Lars Bangert Struwe, Researcher, Centre for Military Studies, University of Copenhagen 

11.55-12.30   Lunch

12.30-14.10   Panel 2:
Technical Solutions to Piracy? Lessons learnt and challenges ahead for users

Henrik Holck Rasmussen, Commander, Commanding Officer, the support ship Absalon
Navies operational perspective to counterpiracy
Jonathan Davies, Company Security Officer, Maersk Line
The commercial and practical challenges with technical solutions to counter piracy to a ship owner and seafarer – where the rubber meets the road
Klaus Ljørring Pedersen, Head of Danish Demining Group
Addressing the root causes of Piracy – Community Driven Recovery and Safety

Discussant: Katja Lindskov Jacobsen, Assistant Professor, Department of Technology, Metropolitan University College
Chair: Preben Kaarsholm, Professor, Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University

14.10-14.20   Break

14.20-16.20   Panel 3:
Technical Solutions to Piracy? Lessons learnt and challenges ahead for regulators

Birgit Feldtmann, Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark
Technical solutions to piracy – anything to regulate?
Carl-Jørgen Bindslev, Secretariat Manager, Somali Fair Fishing
If technology is the answer, what's the question?
David Hammond, Lawyer, 9 Bedford Row International
Human Rights at Sea: Implications to marine technology businesses and State entities
Peter Cook, Chief Executive Officer, Security Association of the Maritime Industry
Title (TBA)

Discussants: Stig Jarle Hansen, Associate Professor, International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life of Science
Chair: Jeppe Strandsbjerg, Associate Professor, department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School

16:20-16:30   Break

16.30-17.00   Conclusion
Bjørn Møller
, Professor MSO, Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC) and Aalborg University in Copenhagen
Christian Bueger, Dr., Cardiff University

Chair: Anna Leander, Professor MSO, Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC) and Copenhagen Business School