Surveillance in Norway in light of the war in Ukraine


Arendalsuka 2022 was last week, and Simula organised two events this year. The first event was a panel discussion on how the war in Ukraine affects our willingness to provide the security authorities with interventional measures. The event was led by Professor Olav Lysne, director of SimulaMet. Read on for a recording of the event (in Norwegian), or a short summary of what was discussed. 

Professor Olav Lysne, director of SimulaMet, speaking at Arendalsuka.

The Norwegian Intelligence Service has requested facilitated monitoring and collection of cross-border data transfer, and the Norwegian Police Security Service is asking for permission to store data collected from open sources for 15 years. In this panel discussion, we reflect on how the war in Ukraine impacts our willingness to accept that national security agencies use invasive methods for collecting and saving data. Do these methods make us better prepared to handle cyber attacks? Do they give us the tools we need to stop digital threats? Are they too invasive compared to the security they give us? 

​Link to video


Professor Olav Lysne - Director of SimulaMet

Odd Harald Hovland - From the Storting Standing Committee of Justice

Karsten Friis - Senior Research Fellow and head of NUPIs Research group on security and defense

Torgeir Andrew Waterhouse - Founder and partner at Otte