Contemporary Aspects of Surveillace and Control Carried Out by Technical Security

Saše Gerasimoski, SG (2017) Contemporary Aspects of Surveillace and Control Carried Out by Technical Security. Security Dialogues, 8 (1-2). pp. 667-682.

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The private security has developed significantly throughout the world in the past few decades. The technical security has also flourished, bringing new technologies of surveillance and control that became the landmarks of our security everyday life. Various systems of video surveillance, alarm systems and access control systems have overwhelmed the private households, commercial objects as well as almost every public building. The security science, sociology and philosophy scholars have already accepted and widely used the new term of banopticon, coined by the French scholar Didier Bigo. In actual fact, this term is intended to explain that contemporary technical private security has become symbol of a new powerful surveillance and control mechanism that functions in a way of keeping the people who have not authorization to enter to a certain secured place out of that place. In some wider scientific context, the term banopticon has been different from the terms panopticon and synopticon, used tremendously by the scientific scholars for some other aspects of surveillance and control. The term banopticon is interesting because it has been widely associated with the growth and development of private security, especially technical private security. Within this paper we’ll analyse the meaning and importance of this term in the contemporary private security debates as well as in the contemporary Macedonian private security context. The paper will also point to some human and ethical dilemmas of usage of the technical private security in securing certain persons, objects and places. Considering this, the author of the paper will give some proposals and recommendations as to where and to what extent the use of technical private security could be useful and where it could be considered controversial and interfere the sphere of ethics, humanism and basic human rights and freedoms. Keywords: private security, technical security, surveillance, control, banopticon

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Security
Depositing User: Fbs Eprints
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2020 12:02
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2020 12:02

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