Parsing Pegasus: An Infrastructural Approach to the Relationship between Technology and Swiss Security Politics

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Abstract

How do technologies matter for security politics? This article introduces the kind of arguments an infrastructural approach would focus its answer on. It illustrates how the approach would work by focussing on how the spyware Pegasus developed by the Israeli company NSO matters for Swiss security politics. It follows the infrastructural approach showing how and why it would tend to three things primarily: the politics of the infrastructures Pegasus is inscribed in, the politics of the processes of infrastructuring the software generates and the infrapolitics that sustain and transform these processes and infrastructures. The article also discusses the strengths and weaknesses of infrastructural approaches, underlining that since they are relational, processual and radically open epistemologically and ontologically, infrastructural approaches are suitable for opening new agendas, re-problematising and re-imagining the politics of security technologies. They are less suited for studies premised on a fixed understanding of the politics of security technology
Original languageEnglish
JournalSwiss Political Science Review
Volume27
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)205-213
Number of pages9
ISSN1662-6370
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • New materialism
  • Military markets
  • Commercial security
  • Affect
  • Aesthetics

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