Understanding techno-security: On pre-emption, situational awareness and technological superiority 
Jutta Weber (University Paderborn)
Katrin M. Kämpf (University of Paderborn)
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Security and surveillance
Economy 22a
Thursday 18 September, 15:00-16:45, 17:00-18:45, Friday 19 September, 10:30-12:15 (UTC+0)

Long Abstract:

Security has been described as today’s ontotheology: We are afraid of orphaned suitcases, ‘suspicious’ people on our airplane, or being robbed on the way home.

In the course of broad political, socioeconomic, and technological changes, security has gained a central place in Western societies which are preoccupied with their future(s). Risk discourses are increasingly enlarged adding more awareness to probable resources of risk. They do not only address health, natural, and technological disasters, but terrorism, organized crime and illegalized immigration.

While security was traditionally achieved primarily via the empirical identification and assessment of threats framed by a causal logic, it is now reconfigured in the logic of predictive maximum techno-security. The shift of security from a proactive to a preventive mode in which every thinkable event is imagined in order to preempt or pre-mediate it, coincides with a desire for technological superiority and situational awareness, bearing affinities with the contemporary military logic of security. Mapping our world as completely as possible seems to be characteristic of a new culture of techno-security, as all kinds of information are crowd sourced and proliferated.

The track aims at discussing the security-technology nexus, the role of precautionary risk management, the desire for a near monopoly of space and information, and the relation of civil and military security.

The papers will be presented in the order shown and grouped 4-3-4 between sessions

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