Author: Barbara van der Vaart

Australian Cyber Delegation to Israel

Senior Researcher Dr. Adam Henschke took part in the Official Australian Government sponsored cyber delegation to Israel, which featured representatives from the Australian government, industry and academia. The meeting took place on Thursday 2nd of November 2017 at the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. On the photo, from right to left: Andrew Humphreys – Cyber Policy Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australian Government) Dr Tobias Feakin – Ambassador for Cyber Affairs (Australian Government) Professor Chris Leckie – Melbourne University Dr Adam Henschke – National Security College, Australian National University and Delft University of Technology Tom Moore – CEO...

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Interrogation: Efficacy and Ethics

Author: Michael Skerker   1      Introduction Recent research has led to an emerging scientific consensus about best practices in interrogation. Government agencies in Norway, the US, the UK, and other commonwealth countries have begun to train personnel in scientifically-validated, rapport-based interrogation methods that are practical and moral improvements on older methods that seek to overcome or circumvent the interrogatee’s will through emotional pressure or trickery. This essay will present four types of interrogation and assess them from practical and moral perspectives. Interrogation techniques can be largely arranged on a spectrum from the most harsh, and, as it happens, least effective techniques, at one end of the spectrum, to the least harsh and most effective at the other end. The conversation will presuppose interrogations targeting potential criminals, including terrorists or other unlawful militants, referring to them as suspects, to the exclusion of conventional combatants or irregular militants complying with the law of war (e.g. POWs). The agents in question will simply be referred to as interrogators, without clarification of what kind of government agency they serve.  2      Four Approaches to Interrogation Coercive interrogation, or torture, seeks to destroy or overcome the suspect’s will through various physical or psychological measures. On one model, interrogatory torture may be applied to create an incentive for the suspect to cooperate that is so urgent as to overwhelm his desire to keep his secrets. More commonly,...

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