Security, Technology and Accountability: Reassessing the Role of the State?

International Journal of Security and Terrorism, Volume 3 (2), pp. 29-40, 2012

12 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2013

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Quirine Eijkman

Leiden University - School of Social Sciences, Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism (CTC)

Date Written: December 1, 2012

Abstract

This article discusses the use of surveillance, storage of personal information, biometrics, satellite technology and other forms of ICT technology for security purposes. Although technology is a powerful tool to fight terrorism, it is also a means for increasing social control by the state. Henceforth, there is a risk that panoptic surveillance, where the few view the many, could develop. In this context the role of the state, because of its monopoly to use force and its duty to protect the rule of law, is crucial. Henceforth, by reassessing state accountability, the impact of technological security measures may be checked and balanced.

Keywords: accountability, technology, security, rule of law, surveillance, counter-terrorism

Suggested Citation

Eijkman, Quirine, Security, Technology and Accountability: Reassessing the Role of the State? (December 1, 2012). International Journal of Security and Terrorism, Volume 3 (2), pp. 29-40, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2199118

Quirine Eijkman (Contact Author)

Leiden University - School of Social Sciences, Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism (CTC) ( email )

Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.campusdenhaag.nl/over/medewerkers/terrorism-counterterrorism/eijkman.html

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