Nordic Centre of Excellence for Security Technologies and Societal Values (NordSTEVA)

From the development of idea until the end of 2015, this project was coordinated by PRIO. On 01/01/2016, the coordination followed J. Peter Burgess to CAST, University of Copenhagen.

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The main objective of NordSTEVA is to map and critically analyse the relationship between security technologies and societal values. This implies exploring, on the one hand, the concentration of technologies that promise to provide for human needs and, on the other, to link these to the cultural traditions – including religion, language, politics, and economics – that make up the societal values that we deem most worthy of protection.

Research Groups


Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Bellanova, Rocco (2016) Digital, politics, and algorithms: Governing digital data through the lens of data protection, European Journal of Social Theory. DOI: 10.1177/1368431016679167: 1–19.

Conference Paper

Lidén, Kristoffer (2015) Oiling the Machinery of European Security Technology? The role of ethics in EU Security Research, presented at International Studies Association, Annual Convention , New Orleans, 21 Februrary 2015.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2015) What ‘society’ must be defended? The ethics of societal security in Norway, presented at Worlds of Violence: 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, European International Studies Association, Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy , 26 September.