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

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Sara Dybris McQuaid - Deltager

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.
26 maj 2014


SeminarTechnological Solutions to the Piracy Problem? Challenges Ahead and Lessons Learned from the Horn of Africa
Periode26/05/2014 → …


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