The New Culture of Security and Surveillance
Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Hille Haker
College of Arts and Sciences
Loyola University Chicago
60660, Chicago, USA
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Received Date: March 11, 2015; Accepted Date: March 27, 2015; Published Date: April 05, 2015
Citation: Haker H (2015) The New Culture of Security and Surveillance. J Pol Sci Pub Aff 3:145. doi:10.4172/2332-0761.1000145
Copyright: © 2015 Haker H. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
While the UN introduced the paradigm of ‘human security’ in the 1990s, the post 9/11-legislation has returned to the paradigm of national security, in the name of ‘homeland’ security. The paper explores the ramifications of this reorientation in view of new and emerging security and surveillance technologies. It argues that a culture of surveillance has emerged that contradicts the vision and values of the human security concept. Regarding the intersection of political and private security and surveillance technologies, the ubiquity and entanglement of surveillance technologies with everyday life goes far beyond the purpose of security. Therefore, the paper argues for a reorientation that is backed by moral and political theory, and a (new) social contract that is based on the concept of social freedom, deliberative democracy, and a human rights-oriented concept of justice.