Policing and Surveillance Technologies

Edward Snowden’s revelations over the scale and potency of intelligence agencies’ data harvesting and mining activities have done much to not only reveal the extent of such activities, but also articulate the convergence of many formerly diverse and disparate forms of information. Whilst these disclosures are indeed significant, this paper argues that they do not necessarily overcome the conflicted and fragmented dispatch of surveillance and security practices, as well as the subjectivities that pervade them. In addition to identifying such dislocations, this paper analyses ways in which the formation and delivery of security and surveillance practices become shaped by such governmental tensions and negotiations.