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Should we leave politics and the legal system to the consulting companies?

Join us when researcher at AFI, Tereza Østbø Kuldova, launches the book "Compliance-Industrial Complex: The Operating System of a Pre-Crime Society".

Conversation with author and AFI researcher Tereza Østbø Kuldova and Per Christian Magnus, head of the Center for Investigative Journalism (SUJO) at the University of Bergen.

The work with compliance involves ensuring that businesses follow laws and regulations.

In a new book, Tereza Østbø Kuldova analyzes how compliance has become an enormous industry that has grown large on the promise of removing and preventing everything that is painful and difficult. On its way, it dilutes democratic control, political room for action and the principles of the legal system. Do we really want a world ruled by expert moralists and algorithms?

Power is being transferred from elected bodies to consulting companies, and their more and more automated technical "solutions" are intruding into the domain of the legal system.

Organizer: Lunsjpåfyll at the University Library.

The event is free and open to everyone! Welcome!

  • About the book

    Politics is dead. Meet compliance, the new Leviathan, the monster in Frankenstein built to eradicate all evil. Enter the world of regulations, directives, standards, guidelines, and codes of conduct. Enter the world of experts who translate policies that aim to fight corruption, money laundering, financial crimes, human rights abuses and more, into techno-bureaucratic compliance systems. And ask: what kind of society are they erecting in the name of the good?

    Compliance-Industrial Complex: The Operating System of a Pre-Crime Society names and dissects an industrial complex that has so far managed to blossom below the academic radar, a complex that translates noble ideas into practices of control and pre-emption of future risks, into new forms of hybrid policing.

    The compliance-industrial complex is increasingly shaping the ways in which we are governed, profiled, sorted, surveilled, nudged, risk-assessed, punished, sanctioned – as workers, clients, customers, suppliers, and humans. Built into algorithmic management systems, data-driven predictive tools, and various technologies that seek to control and predict our behaviours, securitized and criminalized compliance sees us through the lens of risk and suspicion, as potential crime and security threats, impostors, fakes, fraudsters.

    Is apolitical and technobureaucratic compliance becoming the operating system of a pre-crime society?