What values, which society, whose security? - And what does technology have to do with it?

A workshop of the Law and Ethics research group of the Nordic Centre for Security Technology and Societal Values (NordSTEVA).

Time and place


The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) 11.06.2015 from 10:00 to 19:00

What are the connections between values, society and technology in the politics of societal security?

The public summary of the NordSTEVA project opens as follows:

The essence of a society lies in its values. Securing a society means securing societal values. At the same time, rapidly emerging technologies are increasingly setting the agenda for security policy.

How do societal values govern security technologies in order to assure societal security? How do evolving security technologies influence the value premises at the heart of societal security?

This statement evokes contended conceptions of values, society and security. What do we mean by values – or ‘societal values’ – in this connection? Which conceptions of society and security are implied in policies of societal security? How do security technologies affect the connection between values and societal security? Are there particularly Nordic and European dimensions to these questions?



10:00 – 10:10 Welcome
10:10 – 11:00 Session 1: Médéric Martin-Mazé, King's College, London: Two sources of societal security in Europe
11:10 – 12:00 Session 2: Sindre Høyland, SEROS, University of Stavanger: Cyber dependency - a threat to national identity and societal security?
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:50 Session 3: Kristoffer Lidén, PRIO: Disentangling the concepts of society and values in societal security policies
14:00 - 14:30 Planning of the NordSTEVA Law and Ethics Research Group
15:00 – 16:30 Key-note/public session: Ben Hayes, Statewatch, Transnational Institute & PRIO: From innovation to imposition: how technology is shaping EU security policy and transforming European values
Discussant: J. Peter Burgess, PRIO
19:00 Dinner

This NordSTEVA workshop is organised in collaboration with SOURCE: Virtual Centre of Excellence on Societal
Security in Europe, Work Package 6 on Ethics, Law and Human Rights.

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