Rules in Information Sharing for Security

Forthcoming (2020) Criminology and Criminal Justice

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 20-78

51 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2020

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Janet Chan

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Sarah Logan

Australian National University (ANU)

Lyria Bennett Moses

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 19, 2020

Abstract

Information sharing has become a central concern for security agencies since 9/11. Previous research has identified a number of barriers to information sharing among agencies: a combination of legal or policy constraints, interagency rivalry and mistrust, and technology. Drawing on ideas from the sociology of information and trust, this article conceptualises the sharing/withholding of information between agencies as dependent on rules as a system of trust. Adapting Richard Ericson’s framework of the different contexts of rule-following and making use of an Australian case study, the article demonstrates how law, culture and technology are intertwined in constraining or enabling access to information. The implications of this model for legal and policy interventions are discussed.

Keywords: information sharing, security agencies, rules, trust

Suggested Citation

Chan, Janet and Logan, Sarah and Bennett Moses, Lyria, Rules in Information Sharing for Security (September 19, 2020). Forthcoming (2020) Criminology and Criminal Justice, UNSW Law Research Paper No. 20-78, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3742510

Janet Chan

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Sarah Logan

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Lyria Bennett Moses (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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