The Spatial metaphor in the construction of media-security regimes

ג', 21/03/2017 - 14:15 עד 15:45

חדר סמינרים של המחלקה 5402

14:15: ברכות וטקס הענקת מלגות קרן סמארט, בנוכחות הגב' מרי סמארט, נשיאת הקרן.

14:40-15:45: Amit Sheniak, Post Doctoral Fellow, The Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Hebrew University

of Jerusalem, Visiting Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Science, Technology and Society.



"The Spatial metaphor in the construction of media-security regimes"

In the last decade, international revelations by the “WikiLeaks” website, Snowden and the aftermath of computer malware such as “Stuxnet” and “Flame”, have exposed the scope of states security interests in Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) and its covert actions in and through the internet, alongside an increase in the understanding of [the public??] professionals and academics alike regarding the latest institutional state force build-up processes and “cyber arms races”.

A security reality that includes cyber-specialized intelligence branches, military units and cyber-arms production in different security apparatuses around the world, is a given for adversaries and security personnel, and is part of updated professional security manuals, education programs and is a factor for national security evaluations.

This current knowledge generated interest in the notions of surveillance and privacy and their legal ramifications, broadly defined, yet it seems that some of the core questions that relates to the essence of civil-media-security relations remained unattained, especially with regards to the way cyber-security institutions are constructed and operates.

In my presentation I will address the normative mechanisms that have led to the construction of present-day western security cyber institutions, while emphasizing the spatial-perception of the internet as a “cyber-space” and its effect on the creation of professional and organizational knowledge, that have led to the way in which states operates today. The evolution of these normative dimensions will be presented as an outcome of the process of cyber military institutionalization growth, alongside with indications for the shift in the perceived cyber-threat: from intelligence and covert operations to a threat to Critical Infrastructures and Key Resources (CIKR) to the current focus on content generated by new media and through social media platforms as a perceived major catalyst for local and international instability.