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Encryption and Democratic Practices in the Digital Era, 1st Edition

By Linda Monsees


176 pages

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This book examines current debates about the politics of technology and the future of democratic practices in the digital era.

The volume centres on the debates on digital encryption in Germany and the USA, during the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s leaks, which revolved around the value of privacy and the legitimacy of surveillance practices. Using a discourse analysis of mass media and specialist debates, it shows how these are closely interlinked with technological controversies and how, as a result, contestation emerges not within one public sphere but within multiple expert circles. The book develops the notion of ‘publicness’ in order to grasp the political significance of these controversies, thereby making an innovative contribution to Critical Security Studies by introducing digital encryption as an important site for understanding the broader debates on cyber security and surveillance.

This book will be of much interest to students of critical security studies, science and technology studies, and International Relations.

Table of Contents

1. Crypto-Politics

2. Researching the Politics of Technology

3. On Publics in the Technological Society

4. Digital Encryption

5. Encryption and National Security

6. Contentious Techology

7. The Politics of Publicness

About the Author

Linda Monsees is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge New Security Studies

The aim of this book series is to gather state-of-the-art theoretical reflection and empirical research into a core set of volumes that respond vigorously and dynamically to  new challenges to security studies scholarship. This is a continuation of the PRIO New Security Studies series. More information can be found at: <a href </a>

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Internet / Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Media & Internet
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance (see also SOCIAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance)
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance (see also POLITICAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance)