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Scientia est potentia : techno-politics as network(ed) struggles

Fichtner, Laura (2014) Scientia est potentia : techno-politics as network(ed) struggles.

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Abstract:Following Edward Snowden's revelations of 2013' summer of surveillance, the paper investigates the implications of internet surveillance programs, and counter-surveillance movements which react to them, on contemporary politics. I show how John Dewey's political philosophy, married with a philosophy of technology that takes a close look at technological infrastructures, can enrich our understanding of how contemporary politics operate. My research on the operation of surveillance and counter-surveillance technologies on the network shows how the techno-political struggle can be understood as a struggle between different networks which embed certain socio-political relations. I develop a notion of techno-politics which describes how politics are executed through technological structures. This notion informs how we can make sense of the tension between global surveillance and national surveillance institutions and its impact on democracy. In my thesis I developed a tool for analyzing the transformation of politics through surveillance technologies by filling the 'technological gap' in surveillance research. This tool helps us explore the context which builds the fundament for our experience of politics and the ethical issues that come with these new forms of politics.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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