Techno-securitisation of Everyday Life and Cultures of Surveillance-Apatheia

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Ellis, D. 2019. Techno-securitisation of Everyday Life and Cultures of Surveillance-Apatheia. Science as Culture.
AuthorsEllis, D.
Abstract

As a result of digital technologies and the internet becoming increasingly ubiquitous, security technologies and
surveillance systems are becoming ever more embedded into everyday life, encroaching upon peoples’ privacy.
Yet concerns about this appear to be relatively mute. Why is this the case? Is the public generally indifferent
about it or perhaps silently in agreement with its increased presence? There are two overarching attitudes that
are popularly cited, portraying a need either for security or privacy. However, beyond these initial attitudes,
when participants in this study were interviewed, more complex, ambivalent and contradictory positions began
to emerge. As techno-security systems are becoming increasingly complex, multiple, normative, hardly
recognisable, often covert and all encompassing, positioning oneself in relation to them can be a difficult
process. Hence the techno-securitisation of everyday life has psychological effects which are multiple and largely
unconscious. Indeed, we are all somewhat uncertain about the spin-offs of surveillance technologies and
practices – in terms of their capabilities, who has access to the data they produce, and the ways that they might
affect subjectivity. Rather than being plainly indifferent or silently consenting to increased techno-securitisation,
some participants in this study developed an attitude of surveillance-
apatheia
. They tended to state that ‘as
there is no avoiding these systems and not much one can do about them, why consciously worry about them?’
This attitude is not necessarily a lack of interest, but rather a way of managing associated undesirable affects,
feelings and emotions.

JournalScience as Culture
ISSN0950-5431
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/09505431.2018.1561660
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/09505431.2018.1561660
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Online03 Jan 2019
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Deposited11 Jan 2019
Accepted15 Dec 2018
Accepted15 Dec 2018
Copyright information© 2019 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Science as Culture on 03/01/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09505431.2018.1561660.
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