Seminar 5 – ‘Maritime Security: The role of emerging technologies’

Tuesday 20th October, 10:00-16:00 hrs.
Coventry University, London Campus, London, E1 7JF.
Over the past two years the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University has co-ordinated an Economic and Social Research Council funded seminar series examining the relationship between sustainable development and maritime (in)security. Working with the support of two principal external partners – The Royal Navy and The Nautical Institute – the seminar series has examined a series of challenges to security associated with the maritime domain. These challenges include Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing, Irregular Migration, and Armed Violence at sea. These challenges each represent fundamental barriers to the pursuit of enhanced human security and those efforts to maximise the potential of the ocean economy, making the development of effective, sustainable and culturally sensitive responses particularly important.
With a focus on responding to maritime insecurity, the fifth seminar in the series examines how emerging technologies – such as satellite applications, data sensing and autonomous vehicles – have and could be utilised to enhance maritime security, alongside considering some of the wider implications of their usage. Increasingly governments and industry are, for example, considering the cyber-security implications of technology usage, a process illustrated by the recent publication of the United States’ Coast Guard Cyber Strategy. Beyond considerations of cyber security, the legal consequences of technology use and the impact of emerging technologies on those working in the maritime domain are two further areas that require consideration and debate.
Drawing upon the support of the Knowledge Transfer Network and Coventry University’s Centre for Mobility and Transport, this one-day, free seminar will be held at Coventry University’s London Campus and will bring together academics, policy-makers and practitioners to reflect on these issues.