New Security Paradigms Workshop 2016

L.V.E. Fichtner (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference


In the cybersecurity community it is common to think of security as a design feature for systems and infrastructures that may be difficult to balance with other requirements. What is less studied is how security requirements come about, for which reasons, and what their influence is on the actions the system facilitates. Security is for example often used as an argument for or against granting access rights that are of importance to stakeholders, such as in the discussion on counterterrorism and privacy. This paper argues that the ongoing politicization of security issues calls for a paradigm to study cybersecurity as a Politikum: a matter of political concern, embedded in existing and future infrastructures. We summarize literature which inspired this paper and explain the role of security arguments for infrastructure governance. Then we outline the new paradigm and its core concepts and contribution, including the notion of framing. Finally, we present discourse analysis and infrastructure ethnography as research methods and discuss cases in which discourses (may) shape infrastructures, in particular smart cities.
Period26 Sep 201629 Sep 2016
Event titleNew Security Paradigms Workshop 2016
Event typeConference
LocationGranby, Colorado, United States


  • discourse analysis
  • framing
  • infrastructure ethnography
  • security arguments
  • security politics
  • securitization
  • threat models