"mega-events" have become an opportunity to experiment in monitoring people and places.
Anyone visiting London at the moment cannot help but notice the impact of a “mega-event” on the host city. The recently published book,Security Games edited by Colin J. Bennett and Kevin D. Haggerty (Routledge, 2011) addresses the impact of these events on wider practices of security and surveillance.
“Mega-Events” such as the Olympic Games pose peculiar and extensive security challenges. The overwhelming imperative is that nothing should go wrong. There are, however, almost an infinite number of things that can “go wrong”. This produces the perceived need for an ever expanding range of security measures – including extensive levels of surveillance.
These security measures are delivered by a security/industrial complex eager to showcase the latest technologies and prove they can deliver spectacular levels of security to protect the brand image of the country or city in question. The authors demonstrate how "mega-events" have become an opportunity to experiment in monitoring people and places. As the exceptional conditions of the “mega-event” become the norm, Security Games: Surveillance and Control at Mega-Events provides a chilling glimpse of a possible future that is more intensively and extensively monitored.
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