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Europe's New Technological Gatekeeper. Debating the Deployment of Technology in Migration Policy

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Huub Dijstelbloem

University of Amsterdam; Rathenau Institute in The Hague, NL
About Huub
Dr Huub Dijstelbloem is Lecturer in Philosophy of Science and program coordinator Technology Assessment. He is concerned with issues of democracy and technology. Currently his research focuses on the techno political aspects of the surveillance society, especially technologies for border control, and on biomedical issues such as human enhancement and the co modification of body materials.
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Abstract

In the political debate on migration, the leading role is usually granted to the objectives, namely: the limits that should be applied to the influx of migrants and asylum seekers to the EU. However, to achieve these political objectives, technology is increasingly being deployed. The result is that the borders of Europe are slowly but surely changing into ‘technological borders’, creating a border system where migrants are registered as ‘passwords’. Dijstelbloem discusses the problematic concept of technological borders and  reflects on possibilities to open up these new technological gatekeepers of Europe for more transnational public debate.

How to Cite: Dijstelbloem, H., 2009. Europe's New Technological Gatekeeper. Debating the Deployment of Technology in Migration Policy. Amsterdam Law Forum, 1(4), pp.11–18. DOI: http://doi.org/10.37974/ALF.82
Published on 30 Aug 2009.

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