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Securitizing cyberspace: protecting political judgement
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5778-0824
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-178110OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-178110DiVA, id: diva2:1386690
Available from: 2020-01-19 Created: 2020-01-19 Last updated: 2020-01-24Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Securing Judgement: Rethinking Security and Online Information Threats
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2020 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The contemporary debate in democracies routinely describes online information threats such as misinformation, disinformation and deception as security-issues in need of urgent attention. Despite this pervasive discourse, policymakers often appear incapable of articulating what security means in this context. Turning to EU policy and previous research on cybersecurity, this dissertation empirically unpacks, critically interrogates and theoretically rethinks the meaning of security in relation to online information threats. In so doing, the articles elucidate a new ‘referent object’ implicitly guiding securitization. Contemporary interventions can be seen as grounded in assumptions about the protection of human judgement. Using Hannah Arendt’s writings on ‘political judgement’ as a point of reference for critically evaluating contemporary policy, the dissertation points to several problems with existing approaches to security in a democratic context where free debate constitutes a legitimizing element of political authority. The rethinking of security departs from this problematic and shows that treating human judgement as a ‘referent object’ – if firmly grounded in the interplay between independent human communicating subjects – can better address some problematic questions about legitimate authority and political community currently haunting security interventions in cyberspace.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, 2020. p. 48
Series
Stockholm studies in politics, ISSN 0346-6620 ; 185
Keywords
security studies, critical security studies, cyber security, disinformation, Arendt, post-foundationalism, political theory, EU security policy
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-178239 (URN)978-91-7797-937-1 (ISBN)978-91-7797-938-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2020-03-13, hörsal 11, hus F, Universitetsvägen 10 D, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 2: Manuscript.

Available from: 2020-02-19 Created: 2020-01-21 Last updated: 2020-02-07Bibliographically approved

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