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TECHNOLOGY OF POLITICAL CONTROL

From: Thomas Mueller <tomtom.mueller@gmx.de>
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 18:31:26 +0700
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 AN APPRAISAL OF THE TECHNOLOGY OF POLITICAL CONTROL

The objectives of this report are fourfold: (i) to provide Members of the
European Parliament with a guide to recent advances
in the technology of political control; (ii) to identify, analyse and
describe the current state of the art of the most salient
developments; (iii) to present members with an account of current trends,
both in Europe and Worldwide; and (iv) to develop
policy recommendations covering regulatory strategies for their management
and future control.

The report contains seven substantive sections which cover respectively:

(i) The role and function of the technology of political control;

(ii) Recent trends and innovations (including the implications of
globalisation, militarisation of police equipment, convergence of
control systems deployed worldwide and the implications of increasing
technology and decision drift);

(iii) Developments in surveillance technology (including the emergence of
new forms of local, national and international
communications interceptions networks and the creation of human recognition
and tracking devices);

(iv) Innovations in crowd control weapons (including the evolution of a 2nd.
generation of so called 'less-lethal weapons' from
nuclear labs in the USA).

(v) The emergence of prisoner control as a privatised industry, whilst state
prisons face increasing pressure to substitute
technology for staff in cost cutting exercises and the social and political
implications of replacing policies of rehabilitation with
strategies of human warehousing.

(v) The use of science and technology to devise new efficient mark-free
interrogation and torture technologies and their
proliferation from the US & Europe.

(vi) The implications of vertical and horizontal proliferation of this
technology and the need for an adequate political response by
the EU, to ensure it neither threatens civil liberties in Europe, nor
reaches the hands of tyrants.

The report makes a series of policy recommendations including the need for
appropriate codes of practice. It ends by
proposing specific areas where further research is needed to make such
regulatory controls effective. The report includes a
comprehensive bibliographical survey of some of the most relevant
literature.



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