Introducing the special issue: bringing in the public. Intelligence on the frontier between state and civil society

Kira Vrist Rønn, Karen Lund Petersen

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    This special issue is based on the observation that today’s intelligence services stand before a difficult task of, on the one hand, having to manage the uncertainties associated with new threats by inviting civil actors in to help, while also, on the other hand, having to uphold their own institutional authority and responsibility to act in the interest of the nation. In balancing this task, we show how today’s intelligence practices constantly contests the frontiers between normal politics and security politics and between civil society and the state. In this introduction we argue that these changes can be observed at three different levels. One is at the level of managerial practices of intelligence collection and communication; another is in the increased use of new forms of data, i.e. of social media information; and a third is the expansion of intelligence practices into new areas of concern, e.g. cybersecurity and the policing of (mis-) information.
    TidsskriftIntelligence and National Security
    Udgave nummer3
    Sider (fra-til)311-316
    Antal sider5
    StatusUdgivet - 12 feb. 2019