Analytic Report: Visualization on Societal Security Networks in Europe

Didier Bigo, Lina Ewert, Médéric Martin-Mazé, Emma McCluskey, Elif Kuskonmaz

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This report complements and documents which authorities, agencies, institutions, and professionals are involved with the debates on societal security in Europe. It presents the visualization tools that allow for synthetic presentations of the D-4-3 reports on the dynamics and paradoxes of the professionals of security in the European Union when they use the terminology of societal security and-or the argument of a security for the protection of society. Through a selection of tools developed by the Medialab of Sciences Po and KCL in the deliverables D8 and D9, the D4-2 illustrates some key elements that appeared in the D4-3 regarding the historicity of the relations between freedom of movement and border controls, and the deconstruction of Schengen as a successful laboratory which find a good balance between the two objectives (time lines concerning texts on freedom of movement and border controls and origins-categories of documents by institutions). It shows the dynamics by which the technological tools of interoperability have been chosen by default, instead of a political agreement around freedom of movement and border controls policies. It also highlights the key role of the framing of a field of “societal security” or “civil security” (different from the military field) supported by the EU Commission in different Research Programs that have contributed to the emergence of a network of actors public and private controlling the development of the technologies of border controls and reducing the possibilities of public choices by privileging their own interests.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSOURCE Network of Excellence
Commissioning bodyEuropean Union
Number of pages54
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2018


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