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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