Cyber Security and the Politics of Time

Cyber Security and the Politics of Time

By: Tim Stevens (author)Hardback

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'Cyber security' is a recent addition to the global security agenda, concerned with protecting states and citizens from the misuse of computer networks for war, terrorism, economic espionage and criminal gain. Many argue that the ubiquity of computer networks calls for robust and pervasive countermeasures, not least governments concerned at their potential effects on national and economic security. Drawing on critical literature in international relations, security studies, political theory and social theory, this is the first book that describes how these visions of future cyber security are sustained in the communities that articulate them. Specifically, it shows that conceptions of time and temporality are foundational to the politics of cyber security. It explores how cyber security communities understand the past, present and future, thereby shaping cyber security as a political practice. Integrating a wide range of conceptual and empirical resources, this innovative book provides insight for scholars, practitioners and policymakers.

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Tim Stevens is Teaching Fellow in the Department of War Studies, King's College London. He is co-author of Cyberspace and the State (2011) and has published widely on cyber security and related issues in journals such as International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue and Contemporary Security Policy.


Introduction; 1. Cyber security, community, time; 2. Towards a politics of time; 3. Diagnosing the present; 4. Imagining the future; 5. Arguing through the past; 6. Inhabiting the future; 7. Cyber security and the politics of time; 8. Conclusion.

Product Details

  • publication date: 06/10/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781107109421
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9781107109421
  • weight: 550
  • ISBN10: 1107109426

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