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The discourse of the Maven Project : a technological nationalist strategy to enforce hegemony? : A critical discourse analysis

Clemens, Carla (2020) The discourse of the Maven Project : a technological nationalist strategy to enforce hegemony? : A critical discourse analysis.

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Abstract:Technological nationalist discourses can present strategies to enforce hegemony and in practice impede democratic deliberative processes. Worryingly, scholars increasingly notice analogies between discourses of the former technological nationalist discourse of the Manhattan Project and those accompanying contemporary AI warfare technology projects, like the Maven Project. This raises the question to what extent the discourse of the Maven Project is a technological nationalist one. The question is answered by carving out the conceptual traits of technological nationalism and thereupon deploying a Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). Thereby, the collected research data consists of official documents like press releases and interview transcripts, as well as of inter alia newspaper articles, corporation statements and consultancy reports. Eventually, the research reveals that the discourse of the Maven Project is invisibly imposed on the American citizens as an ideology, which enables a group of American defense policymakers involved in the Maven Project to reinforce power relationships. This manifests itself in the discourse's function to prevent public scrutiny over their policymaking on the one hand and to force technology companies into cooperations with the Department of Defense (DoD) on the other.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82387
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