The NordSTEVA Final Conference took place in Copenhagen on the 28th and 29th of November 2019. The conference dealt with how security technologies sustain, bolster or challenge core Nordic values and political structures. These issues had also been at the heart of the Centre of Excellence for Security Technologies and Societal Values (NordSTEVA) for the past five years. Ranging from studies of social media, surveillance, algorithms used to create big data to energy technologies we have investigated how those technologies are embedded in everyday social and institutional practices and how they support or challenge Nordic values, such as democratic participation, equal opportunities, and personal freedom. The fundamental assumption has been that security technologies are not value-free, but rather embody and influence Nordic values. In the final conference, we revisited these focal points and pointed to future trends and theoretical and empirical insights. The first day was dedicated to academic discussion, whereas the second day was dedicated to the view of practitioners.
Photos from the conference