Basic Security

Basic Security

Date: 
06.02.2005 16:00
Festival edition: 
2005
Format: 
Panel
Location: 
Auditorium

Security has become a central issue in political negotiations. In the interest of ‘security’, every type of intrusion, whether in the private sphere or to overall civil liberties, becomes justifiable. Where social security systems are compromised in aid of increasingly private personal-risk takeovers, all areas of military, infrastructural and police power are the primacy of abstract, mass-media created fear-tactics to fuel further security requirements. The fear of insecurity and terror paves the way for new control technology. Beside the broad surveillance of net-based data traffic (Echelon) and the complete surveillance of city centres, come bio-metric security systems (fingerprinting, iris-scans) and the localisation of persons by GPS transmitters, as well as of goods and objects via RFID-Chips. Comprehensive security systems seem to replace ideals of a free society. This panel explores the relationship between technical, political and cultural aspects of the security issue and questions its ethical boundaries.

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