HSD Issue Brief no. 1: No Faustian Pact: Balancing Privacy and Security

February 13th 2014 - 12:40

The rapid increase of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has thoroughly changed the debate on security and privacy concerns.
Criminals, terrorists, corporations and foreign spies develop ever more sophisticated ways to get their hands on our personal data. At the same time, some see the recently exposed surveillance programs of national security agencies as proof that we are approximating George Orwell’s 1984, where “[t]here was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment.”

The first HSD Issue Brief disentangles these concerns, and suggests ways to find a more effective and acceptable balance between privacy and security in a digital world.

Dr. Willem Theo Oosterveld is a non-resident senior fellow at HCSS. His areas of expertise include the politics of the Middle East, conflict analysis and peacebuilding, as well as law and development. He holds degrees in political science, international law, and history, having studied in Amsterdam, Leiden, Paris and New York, and was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. A former Fulbright scholar, he earned a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.