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Reconceptualising Cyber Security: Safeguarding Human Rights in the Era of Cyber Surveillance

Andrew N. Liaropoulos
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Andrew N. Liaropoulos: University of Piraeus, Piraeus, Greece

International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism (IJCWT), 2016, vol. 6, issue 2, 32-40

Abstract: The cyber security discourse is dominated by states and corporations that focus on the protection of critical information infrastructure and databases. The priority is the security of information systems and networks, rather than the protection of connected users. The dominance of war metaphors in the cyber security debates has produced a security dilemma, which is not sufficiently addressing the needs of people. This article underlines this shortcoming and views cyber security through a human-centric perspective. Freedom of expression and the right to privacy are under attack in the era of cyber surveillance. From a human-centric perspective such rights should be understood as a critical part of cyber security. Human rights protections need to be effectively addressed in the digital sphere and gain their place in the cyber security agendas.

Date: 2016
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