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About

Who we are:

CASI, established in 2012, is an applied research centre that delivers world class solutions for intelligence organisations seeking to adapt to the fundamental changes being brought about by Big Data. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) recognises CASI as a regional centre of expertise in research and teaching in intelligence.

IFG, a national body established to prepare the UK intelligence community for the challenges and opportunities of Big Data, is now based at Liverpool Hope University. The IFG Board is Chaired by former T/DCC Sharon Rowe QPM and includes experienced law enforcement professionals, academics and a creative industry lead. The academic leadership of IFG is provided by Professor Michael Mulqueen, Director of CASI.


What we do:

CASI and IFG are combining forces to deliver to the intelligence community game changing research, postgraduate Masters education and a suite of Continuous Professional Development. As such, it is focused on people.

The partnership is established to better enable the intelligence community sense, seize and exploit Big Data's opportunities. It is a champion of Sustainable Innovation approaches, whereby continuous innovation in Big Data is married to practical ethical frameworks for stable, more effective outcomes.

 

IFG is co-located with CASI at the University's Hope Park campus in recognition of CASI's standing as a world class centre for research on intelligence futures, and IFG's status as an impartial critical friend to the intelligence community. Leadership of CASI and IFG sit on the UK's National Intelligence Model Working Group, which is driving forward a new strategic assessment for the UK. 

The centre is funded by the UK's Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). CASI also publishes peer-reviewed research and plans further expansion through international partnerships, training and education. 

Deliverables/Impacts

Deliverables

• Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and degree provision for UK Intelligence Professionals
• Production of intra-organisational and collaborative applied research
• Greater efficiencies from cross-agency data usage
• Mentoring support in applied research and change management for data age intelligence
• Establishing innovation network with non-traditional actors (e.g. artists, sci-fi writers, software engineers)
• Facilitated ‘open horizons’ workshops

Impacts

• Professionalisation of personnel for intelligence in a data age
• Personnel as change makers in intelligence
• Evidence based policing underpinned by applied research
• Structures in place for sustainable innovation:

(innovation + ethics = legitimacy)

• Creation and dissemination of shared benchmarks, processes and best practice procedures
• Intelligence sector interoperability enhancement
• Leveraging opportunities in non-traditional sectors
• Measurable improvement of public consent
• Improved risk assessment and risk register processes

 

Partners

ACPO  West Midlands  DurhamLeics police logo

The centre works with colleagues and partners from an international network and strives to make significant advances in the theory, methods, ethics and solutions that can be applied to the real world.

The National Intelligence Model (NIM), which CASI and partners are working on to reflect a change from reactive policing to predictive and pre-emptive policing.

The International Network Observatory (INO) which promotes innovation in the use of Big Data for intelligence-led decision-making in collaboration with the European Centre for Applied Research (ECFAR), Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) at the University of Groningen, and the Austrian Institute for International Politics (OIIP).

Better public education on the benefits and risks of Big Data is important to CASI and, to this end, the centre has partnered with the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), and its partner organisation ScraperWiki, which is located in Liverpool, to conduct research and transfer knowledge in the public space. ‌‌

News

‌

 
Ethical Innovation for Social Media Intelligence

Anno Bunnik, PhD Fellow and Coordinator, has recently presented a paper on Social Media Intelligence (SOCMINT). In the paper, Anno and his co-author, a Dutch Intelligence Analyst, argued that SOCMINT in the Netherlands is still a practice and not a discipline. The paper assessed opportunities to mature this growing field and proposed a new framework for ethical innovation in Social Media Intelligence. The paper as presented at the inaugural conference of the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence at King's College London. VOX-Pol is an EU-funded academic research network focused on researching the prevalence, contours, functions, and impacts of Violent Online Political Extremism and responses to it.

Professor Grieve Keynote Lecture -Ethics and Intelligence

CASI and IFG representatives attended a keynote lecture by Professor John Grieve. Professor Grieve covered Ethics in Intelligence Led Policing drawing on examples from his own professional experience, philosophy, the core principles of policing and contemporary ethical issues in Police Intelligence.  His views on consilient approaches and lawfully audacious leadership struck a chord with CASI & IFG.

CASI & IFG continue to engage with the Intelligence community to raise  their profile and widen the network for innovation.

 

 

IFG at the International Festival of Business

The Intelligence Futures Group (IFG) presented at the International Festival for Business, Liverpool last (16.07.14) with a positive response from the business and entrepreneurial delegates further raising IFG and CASI’s profile as the pioneering and innovative body of academics, policing professionals, creative leads and industry experts for Big Data.

 

The event was led by Professor Mulqueen (Prof. of Media and Security Innovation, HoD Media and Communications, Director CASI). He opened the proceedings by grounding the relevance of IFGs presence in an understandable context for the audience. He then made clear IFGs mission and just what Big Data is. Roger McKinley (Research and Innovation Manager @ FACT) then talked about the creative sector and Big Data, emphasising the issues around data and society, drawing on examples of practising artists and innovative creative projects.  Dr David Lundie (Lecturer in Education Studies) spoke about ethical issues in Big Data use – a primary concern for IFG. Following on from David, Ian Stanier (member of CASI with an extensive background in Policing) addressed ‘The Front Line of Ethics’ using examples of action-based policing.

 

After this stimulating crash course in Big Data threats, risks and opportunities a ten minute Q&A whetted the audiences appetite further ready for the ‘unconference’ break away: audience and speakers broke into groups of four to consider some thought provoking and controversial questions for an hour.

 

Camilla Fanning (Irish Artist and Digital Cultural Analyst) rounded up the two hour event with a summary which anchored the versatile agenda in a creative and digestible manner.

CASI and IFG at the National Intelligence Conference

20-22 May 2014

Members of the CASI team (Professor Michael Mulqueen, Dr Katherine Birch, Professor Andrej Zwitter and Bob Barrows) attended the Association of Chief Police Officers National Intelligence Conference last week with exciting and successful outcomes. Prof. Mulqueen presented with T/DCC Sharon Rowe on the role of IFG and then delivered a workshop with Prof. Zwitter and Policing Professionals on What Works in Intelligence which were both very well received.

crewe hall

Senior Leaders Development Programme

23 September 2014, Crewe Hall, Cheshire

This event aims to enable senior intelligence leaders strike a balance between innovation to harness the potential of Big Data to ensure effective and efficient service delivery, while addressing legitimate ethical concerns. Combined with innovation, this approach avoids the public, political and media blowback associated with intelligence malpractice. BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE
open demo

Open Source and Network Approaches

New technologies and open source approaches are rendering established and distinguished journalists prone to being undermined by bedroom analysts, wrote CASI's Anno Bunnik for openDemocracy. Click here for the full article on the radical changes for media and intelligence gathering.
Michael Mulqueen inaugural

Michael Mulqueen Delivers Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Professor Mulqueen's lecture took as its subject 'Security, Intelligence and Big Data', examining the global implications of the rapidly changing world of data generation and collection. Professor Mulqueen pointed out that 90% of the world's data has been created in the past two years. The storage, accessing and use of these, and other, data is going to be a major issue in the future, with Professor Mulqueen quoting Clive Humby's maxim 'Data is the new oil.' The lecture went on to cover the possibility of storing data on human DNA and concluded with the observation that much innovation in the field of Big Data is driven by private companies, who are harder to monitor than public bodies, leading to a 'policy vacuum' where lawmakers are struggling to keep pace with technical innovations.

March CPD

Transforming UK intelligence for a Big Data Age

Transforming UK intelligence for Big Data will top of the agenda of a new body to be officially launched in May. The UK's Intelligence Futures Group (IFG) has already scored a major 'first', by bringing senior intelligence analysts and expert academics under the one roof for an intensive one-day workshop at Liverpool Hope University. Intelligence personnel from 13 agencies attended the workshop, themed 'What works in Intelligence?', on 3 March 2014. The academics will now support the analysts in conducting applied research to enable improved intelligence outcomes.

Arrival of Important Collection on Religious Extremism and Law Enforcement

‌Prof Newport and Mr Robert Heibel, former deputy director Counter-Terrorism FBI, provided a joint briefing to over 50 staff and students on the historical roots and risk factors associated with apocalyptic religious extremism. The event marked the arrival in CASI of an important archive of intelligence material from the notorious 50-day ‘Waco siege’ during which heavily armed devotees of the Branch Davidian sect battled law enforcement officers for control of their compound in Waco, Texas, in 1993. The archive includes secret recordings made of cult members at the height of the siege. The many hours of tape it contains will now be digitized and made available for research. The material was originally gathered by Hope’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Kenneth Newport, an international expert on apocalyptic beliefs who provided expert advice to FBI investigators in the aftermath of the siege. 

Conflict and Extremism in the Middle East

Anno Bunnik, PhD Fellow and Coordinator of CASI, took part in an event discussing extremism and conflict on 23rd October 2013. The event, hosted by Amsterdam's De Balie centre for politics, culture and media, looked at the current state of the Middle East and saw Mr Bunnik engaging in debate with military historian Prof Martin Van Creveld and Dr Mariwan Kanie (University of Amsterdam).

Video Registration

 ‌‌CASI banner for web

Small Navies International Conference

In October 2012, CASI co-hosted with The Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies at King’s College London and the Centre for Military History and Strategic Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, a major international conference on Small Navies. The conference was officially opened by Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister (Tánaiste) and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Eamon Gilmore T.D.

Small Navies Conference Programme

Conference participants at Liverpool Hope

The Maritime Economy and Governance: Innovation, Energy, Security and Growth

In July 2012, the centre hosted an invited international symposium entitled The Maritime Economy and Governance: Innovation, Energy, Security and Growth.

The Maritime Economy and Governance Conference Programme

 ‌


Contact & Follow

If you wish to find out more about CASI, to work with us, or would consider the centre a fruitful space for your doctoral research, please contact our Coordinator:


Mr Anno Bunnik

Hope Park
Liverpool L16 9JD
United Kingdom 
 

T: +44 (0)151 291 2157 

E: bunnika@hope.ac.uk

 

 

About

Who we are:

CASI, established in 2012, is an applied research centre that delivers world class solutions for intelligence organisations seeking to adapt to the fundamental changes being brought about by Big Data. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) recognises CASI as a regional centre of expertise in research and teaching in intelligence.

IFG, a national body established to prepare the UK intelligence community for the challenges and opportunities of Big Data, is now based at Liverpool Hope University. The IFG Board is Chaired by former T/DCC Sharon Rowe QPM and includes experienced law enforcement professionals, academics and a creative industry lead. The academic leadership of IFG is provided by Professor Michael Mulqueen, Director of CASI.


What we do:

CASI and IFG are combining forces to deliver to the intelligence community game changing research, postgraduate Masters education and a suite of Continuous Professional Development. As such, it is focused on people.

The partnership is established to better enable the intelligence community sense, seize and exploit Big Data's opportunities. It is a champion of Sustainable Innovation approaches, whereby continuous innovation in Big Data is married to practical ethical frameworks for stable, more effective outcomes.

 

IFG is co-located with CASI at the University's Hope Park campus in recognition of CASI's standing as a world class centre for research on intelligence futures, and IFG's status as an impartial critical friend to the intelligence community. Leadership of CASI and IFG sit on the UK's National Intelligence Model Working Group, which is driving forward a new strategic assessment for the UK. 

The centre is funded by the UK's Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). CASI also publishes peer-reviewed research and plans further expansion through international partnerships, training and education. 

Deliverables/Impacts

Deliverables

• Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and degree provision for UK Intelligence Professionals
• Production of intra-organisational and collaborative applied research
• Greater efficiencies from cross-agency data usage
• Mentoring support in applied research and change management for data age intelligence
• Establishing innovation network with non-traditional actors (e.g. artists, sci-fi writers, software engineers)
• Facilitated ‘open horizons’ workshops

Impacts

• Professionalisation of personnel for intelligence in a data age
• Personnel as change makers in intelligence
• Evidence based policing underpinned by applied research
• Structures in place for sustainable innovation:

(innovation + ethics = legitimacy)

• Creation and dissemination of shared benchmarks, processes and best practice procedures
• Intelligence sector interoperability enhancement
• Leveraging opportunities in non-traditional sectors
• Measurable improvement of public consent
• Improved risk assessment and risk register processes

 

Partners

ACPO  West Midlands  DurhamLeics police logo

The centre works with colleagues and partners from an international network and strives to make significant advances in the theory, methods, ethics and solutions that can be applied to the real world.

The National Intelligence Model (NIM), which CASI and partners are working on to reflect a change from reactive policing to predictive and pre-emptive policing.

The International Network Observatory (INO) which promotes innovation in the use of Big Data for intelligence-led decision-making in collaboration with the European Centre for Applied Research (ECFAR), Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) at the University of Groningen, and the Austrian Institute for International Politics (OIIP).

Better public education on the benefits and risks of Big Data is important to CASI and, to this end, the centre has partnered with the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), and its partner organisation ScraperWiki, which is located in Liverpool, to conduct research and transfer knowledge in the public space. ‌‌

News

‌

 
Ethical Innovation for Social Media Intelligence

Anno Bunnik, PhD Fellow and Coordinator, has recently presented a paper on Social Media Intelligence (SOCMINT). In the paper, Anno and his co-author, a Dutch Intelligence Analyst, argued that SOCMINT in the Netherlands is still a practice and not a discipline. The paper assessed opportunities to mature this growing field and proposed a new framework for ethical innovation in Social Media Intelligence. The paper as presented at the inaugural conference of the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence at King's College London. VOX-Pol is an EU-funded academic research network focused on researching the prevalence, contours, functions, and impacts of Violent Online Political Extremism and responses to it.

Professor Grieve Keynote Lecture -Ethics and Intelligence

CASI and IFG representatives attended a keynote lecture by Professor John Grieve. Professor Grieve covered Ethics in Intelligence Led Policing drawing on examples from his own professional experience, philosophy, the core principles of policing and contemporary ethical issues in Police Intelligence.  His views on consilient approaches and lawfully audacious leadership struck a chord with CASI & IFG.

CASI & IFG continue to engage with the Intelligence community to raise  their profile and widen the network for innovation.

 

 

IFG at the International Festival of Business

The Intelligence Futures Group (IFG) presented at the International Festival for Business, Liverpool last (16.07.14) with a positive response from the business and entrepreneurial delegates further raising IFG and CASI’s profile as the pioneering and innovative body of academics, policing professionals, creative leads and industry experts for Big Data.

 

The event was led by Professor Mulqueen (Prof. of Media and Security Innovation, HoD Media and Communications, Director CASI). He opened the proceedings by grounding the relevance of IFGs presence in an understandable context for the audience. He then made clear IFGs mission and just what Big Data is. Roger McKinley (Research and Innovation Manager @ FACT) then talked about the creative sector and Big Data, emphasising the issues around data and society, drawing on examples of practising artists and innovative creative projects.  Dr David Lundie (Lecturer in Education Studies) spoke about ethical issues in Big Data use – a primary concern for IFG. Following on from David, Ian Stanier (member of CASI with an extensive background in Policing) addressed ‘The Front Line of Ethics’ using examples of action-based policing.

 

After this stimulating crash course in Big Data threats, risks and opportunities a ten minute Q&A whetted the audiences appetite further ready for the ‘unconference’ break away: audience and speakers broke into groups of four to consider some thought provoking and controversial questions for an hour.

 

Camilla Fanning (Irish Artist and Digital Cultural Analyst) rounded up the two hour event with a summary which anchored the versatile agenda in a creative and digestible manner.

CASI and IFG at the National Intelligence Conference

20-22 May 2014

Members of the CASI team (Professor Michael Mulqueen, Dr Katherine Birch, Professor Andrej Zwitter and Bob Barrows) attended the Association of Chief Police Officers National Intelligence Conference last week with exciting and successful outcomes. Prof. Mulqueen presented with T/DCC Sharon Rowe on the role of IFG and then delivered a workshop with Prof. Zwitter and Policing Professionals on What Works in Intelligence which were both very well received.

crewe hall

Senior Leaders Development Programme

23 September 2014, Crewe Hall, Cheshire

This event aims to enable senior intelligence leaders strike a balance between innovation to harness the potential of Big Data to ensure effective and efficient service delivery, while addressing legitimate ethical concerns. Combined with innovation, this approach avoids the public, political and media blowback associated with intelligence malpractice. BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE
open demo

Open Source and Network Approaches

New technologies and open source approaches are rendering established and distinguished journalists prone to being undermined by bedroom analysts, wrote CASI's Anno Bunnik for openDemocracy. Click here for the full article on the radical changes for media and intelligence gathering.
Michael Mulqueen inaugural

Michael Mulqueen Delivers Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Professor Mulqueen's lecture took as its subject 'Security, Intelligence and Big Data', examining the global implications of the rapidly changing world of data generation and collection. Professor Mulqueen pointed out that 90% of the world's data has been created in the past two years. The storage, accessing and use of these, and other, data is going to be a major issue in the future, with Professor Mulqueen quoting Clive Humby's maxim 'Data is the new oil.' The lecture went on to cover the possibility of storing data on human DNA and concluded with the observation that much innovation in the field of Big Data is driven by private companies, who are harder to monitor than public bodies, leading to a 'policy vacuum' where lawmakers are struggling to keep pace with technical innovations.

March CPD

Transforming UK intelligence for a Big Data Age

Transforming UK intelligence for Big Data will top of the agenda of a new body to be officially launched in May. The UK's Intelligence Futures Group (IFG) has already scored a major 'first', by bringing senior intelligence analysts and expert academics under the one roof for an intensive one-day workshop at Liverpool Hope University. Intelligence personnel from 13 agencies attended the workshop, themed 'What works in Intelligence?', on 3 March 2014. The academics will now support the analysts in conducting applied research to enable improved intelligence outcomes.

Arrival of Important Collection on Religious Extremism and Law Enforcement

‌Prof Newport and Mr Robert Heibel, former deputy director Counter-Terrorism FBI, provided a joint briefing to over 50 staff and students on the historical roots and risk factors associated with apocalyptic religious extremism. The event marked the arrival in CASI of an important archive of intelligence material from the notorious 50-day ‘Waco siege’ during which heavily armed devotees of the Branch Davidian sect battled law enforcement officers for control of their compound in Waco, Texas, in 1993. The archive includes secret recordings made of cult members at the height of the siege. The many hours of tape it contains will now be digitized and made available for research. The material was originally gathered by Hope’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Kenneth Newport, an international expert on apocalyptic beliefs who provided expert advice to FBI investigators in the aftermath of the siege. 

Conflict and Extremism in the Middle East

Anno Bunnik, PhD Fellow and Coordinator of CASI, took part in an event discussing extremism and conflict on 23rd October 2013. The event, hosted by Amsterdam's De Balie centre for politics, culture and media, looked at the current state of the Middle East and saw Mr Bunnik engaging in debate with military historian Prof Martin Van Creveld and Dr Mariwan Kanie (University of Amsterdam).

Video Registration

 ‌‌CASI banner for web

Small Navies International Conference

In October 2012, CASI co-hosted with The Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies at King’s College London and the Centre for Military History and Strategic Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, a major international conference on Small Navies. The conference was officially opened by Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister (Tánaiste) and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Eamon Gilmore T.D.

Small Navies Conference Programme

Conference participants at Liverpool Hope

The Maritime Economy and Governance: Innovation, Energy, Security and Growth

In July 2012, the centre hosted an invited international symposium entitled The Maritime Economy and Governance: Innovation, Energy, Security and Growth.

The Maritime Economy and Governance Conference Programme

 ‌


Contact & Follow

If you wish to find out more about CASI, to work with us, or would consider the centre a fruitful space for your doctoral research, please contact our Coordinator:


Mr Anno Bunnik

Hope Park
Liverpool L16 9JD
United Kingdom 
 

T: +44 (0)151 291 2157 

E: bunnika@hope.ac.uk