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Contemporary Security Studies (4th Edition)

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Book
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Oxford University Press
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Contemporary Security Studies is bringing together leading scholars in the field of Security Studies. It features an impressive breadth and depth of coverage of the different theoretical

approaches to the study of security and the ever-evolving range of issues that dominate the security agenda in the 21st Century. Throughout the text, students are encouraged to question their own preconceptions and assumptions, and to use their own judgement to critically evaluate key approaches and ideas. To help them achieve this, each chapter is punctuated with helpful learning features including 'key ideas', 'think points' and case studies, demonstrating the real world applications and implications of the theory. In addition to covering a wide range of topical security issues, from terrorism and inter-state armed conflict to cybersecurity, health, and transnational crime, the fourth edition features a new chapter on postcolonialism and expanded coverage of critical security studies. The book is supported by an Online Resource Centre designed to help students take their learning further.

Globalization and Environmental Challenges - Reconceptualizing Security in the 21st Century

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Book
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Springer Verlag
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Globalization and Environmental Challenges pose new security dangers and concerns.

In this reference book on global security thinking, 92 authors from five continents and many disciplines, from science and practice, assess the global reconceptualization of security triggered by the end of the Cold War, globalization and manifold impacts of global environmental change in the early 21st century. In 10 parts, 75 chapters address the theoretical, philosophical, ethical and religious and spatial context of security; discuss the relationship between security, peace, development and environment; review the reconceptualization of security in philosophy, international law, economics and political science and for the political, military, economic, social and environmental security dimension and the adaptation of the institutional security concepts of the UN, EU and NATO; analyze the reconceptualization of regional security and alternative security futures and draw conclusions for future research and action.

Serious Games

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Technology Trend card
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Fraunhofer for the SOURCE project
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1 page fact sheet on the technology trends of Serious Gaming

“Serious Games” are a special type of games which beside mere entertainment are designed to share and teach specific knowledge or train specific skills; an early example are flight simulators. Sometimes the main purpose of such games is also to foster a discussion on a complex subject to gain new insights.

Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger Europe - A Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign And Security Policy

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Policy document
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European External Action Service (EEAS)
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Executive Summary:

"We need a stronger Europe. This is what our citizens deserve, this is what the wider world expects.
We live in times of existential crisis, within and beyond the European Union. Our Union is under threat. Our European project, which has brought unprecedented peace, prosperity and democracy, is being questioned. To the east, the European security order has been violated, while terrorism and violence plague North Africa and the Middle East, as well as Europe itself. Economic growth is yet to outpace demography in parts of Africa, security tensions in Asia are mounting, while climate change causes further disruption. Yet these are also times of extraordinary opportunity. Global growth, mobility, and technological progress – alongside our deepening partnerships – enable us to thrive, and allow ever more people to escape poverty and live longer and freer lives. We will navigate this difficult, more connected, contested and complex world guided by our shared interests, principles and priorities. Grounded in the values enshrined in the Treaties and building on our many strengths and historic achievements, we will stand united in building a stronger Union, playing its collective role in the world."

Smart Grids

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Technology Trend card
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Fraunhofer for the SOURCE project
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1 page fact sheet on the technology trends of Smart Grids

“Smart Grid” refers to the monitoring  protection and automatic optimization of the operation of an electricity network  which consists of central and distributed generators  the high-voltage network and distribution systems  industrial users  energy storage installations and end-use consumers with their appliances. Such a network is characterized by a sophisticated information management to create an automated widely distributed energy delivery network enabling the near-instantaneous balance of supply and demand at the device level. 

Agent-based Modelling

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Technology Trend card
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Fraunhofer for the SOURCE project
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1 page fact sheet on the technology trends of Agent-based Modelling

Agent-based models are a class of computational models for simulating the actions and interactions of autonomous agents  (both individual or collective entities such as organizations or groups) with a view to assessing their effects on the system as a whole. They  are an important tool for the emerging and rapidly evolving field of computational sociology and constitute an important link between  social sciences and complexity sciences.

The Privacy Surgeon

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Blog/website
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The PrivacySurgeon is owned and operated by Simon Davies
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A personal blog of Simon who is the Founder and for 22 years was Director-General of the influential watchdog group Privacy International which has been at the forefront of almost every major

sphere of privacy, from CCTV and identity systems to border surveillance and biometrics policy.. Over the years he has helped expose the secret machinations of governments, police authorities, corporations and spy agencies.

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