Sensing In/Security


Sensing In/Security: Sensors as Transnational Security Infrastructures investigates how sensors and sensing practices enact regimes of security and insecurity. It extends long-standing concerns with infrastructuring to emergent modes of surveillance and control by exploring how digitally networked sensors shape securitisation practices.

Contributions in this volume examine how sensing devices gain political and epistemic relevance in various forms of in/security, from border control, regulation, and epidemiological tracking, to aerial surveillance and hacking. Instead of focusing on specific sensory devices and their consequences, this volume explores the complex and sometimes invisible political, cultural and ethical processes of infrastructuring in/security.

The book emphasises the importance of “following” things and studying the “becoming” of networks. It reads like a journey – moving physically, mentally, conceptually, empirically and visually from one site and one situation to another. Huub Dijstelbloem, University of Amsterdam

This rich and extensive collection examines sensors and sensing at the intersections of Critical Security Studies and Science and Technology Studies. Lucy Suchman, Lancaster University


List of Figures 7

Contributors 11

Acknowledgements 18

Foreword. Lucy Suchman 19 

1 · Sensing in/securities: An introduction. Nina Klimburg-Witjes, Nikolaus Poechhacker and Geoffrey C. Bowker – 23 

2 · Microclimates of (in)security in Santiago: Sensors, sensing and
sensations.  Martin Tironi and Matías Valderrama – 50

3 · Smart cities, smart borders: Sensing networks and security in the
urban space. Ilia Antenucci – 76 

4 · Sensing Salmonella: Modes of sensing and the politics of sensing infrastructures. Francis Lee – 101 

5 · Human sensing infrastructures and global public health security in
India’s Million Death Study. Erik Aarden  136 

6 · Expanding technosecurity culture: On wild cards, imagination and disaster prevention. Jutta Weber – 163 

7 · Visual Vignette I · Parasitic Surveillance: Mobile Security Vulnerability. Evan Light, Fenwick McKelvey and Rachel Douglas-Jones – 184

8 · Visual Vignette II · A Tail of Breadcrumbs. Chris Wood – 196

9 · Visual Vignette III · Human Sensors. Katja Mayer and El Iblis Shah – 206

10 · Visual Vignettes. Mascha Gugganig and Rachel Douglas-Jones – 215

11 · Drones as political machines: Technocratic governance in Canadian drone space. Ciara Bracken-Roche – 237 

12 · Sensing European alterity: An analogy between sensors and Hotspots
in transnational security networks. Annalisa Pelizza and Wouter Van Rossem – 262 

13 · Sensing data centres. A.R.E. Taylor and Julia Velkova – 287

14 · Hacking satellites. Jan-H. Passoth, Geoffrey C. Bowker, Nina Klimburg-Witjes and Godert-Jan van Manen – 299

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