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Politicising Security at the Boundaries: Privacy in Surveillance and Cybersecurity

Myriam Dunn Cavelty, Matthias Leese

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This article looks into the politicisation of security. Politicisation, in contrast to securitisation, presupposes that security issues are controversially debated in a public arena without foregone conclusions as to how they are going to be handled. In order to locate and observe politicisation processes empirically, we suggest to look at privacy, a key notion and main tool for resistance vis-à-vis security logics. By examining two issue areas (video surveillance and cybersecurity), we highlight different tactics through which privacy is mobilised as a boundary object to politicise security. The invocation of privacy offers an alternative viewpoint on security, one where the human (digital) body and a human centred notion of security is at the centre. The value of its integrity and the need for its protection is a weighty counter to the abstract and often absolute claims of ‘more security’ through technological means.

Keywords: politicisation, security, democracy, privacy, surveillance, cybersecurity

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Bibliography: Dunn Cavelty, Myriam/Leese, Matthias: Politicising Security at the Boundaries: Privacy in Surveillance and Cybersecurity, ERIS – European Review of International Studies, 3-2018, pp. 49-69.
https://doi.org/10.3224/eris.v5i3.03


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