The session of “State interests in cyber-security: language, policies and action” of the British Society of Criminology Conference 2015 (Plymouth UK, 30 June – 3 July) is calling for expressions of interest and abstracts.
If you would like to participate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by mid-May. The event’s general website is available here.
State interests in cyber-security: language, policies and action (Dr X.P. Voyatzis-Hernandez, Dr Nicholas J. Gervassis)
Following the language being primarily used in governmental calls to intensify cybersecurity measures and to increase the investigative powers of security services within the context of electronic communications and new technologies, it is becoming increasingly unclear whether the cybersecurity interests of state institutions reflect substantially on the citizenry’s concerns, or whether they are becoming instead self-referential and self-protective.
Collectively, these papers aim to map the current interests of public authorities in cybersecurity, as expressed through policy statements and practices. While engaging mainly with the UK setting, the discussion is open to comparative examinations of other state-based cybersecurity perspectives.
We may consider this particular argument in relation to aggressively dismissive reactions of state authorities to the recent wave of revelations about national and international state surveillance operations: the government’s responses are consistently focussed on equating any disclosure, any leak to the public of allegedly unlawful state activities with threats to national security.
The emerging paradigm of state-centred cybersecurity priorities may be framed through the following set of questions:
– Where do institutions draw their strategies and concerns from?
– How do they engage with the bottom-up interests of citizens?
– How much of their relevant strategies/operations/actions engage with the language of citizens’ rights and values?
– How public are the dominant discourses and practices of cyber-security?
– How do citizens engage with these?
Submissions are invited to address such questions, as well as to engage with analysis of institutional languages, actions & operations / the interaction of institutional policies & operations with citizens (public perception; participation; experience from cases etc).