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Important system updates needed!: Masculinised logics and gendered path dependence in the European Union’s cybercrime institutions
Swedish Defence University.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis approaches the EU’s cybersecurity discourse from a feminist angle, using a theoretical perspective based on feminist institutionalism and path dependence. The aim is to explore what conceptual logics make it possible for the EU to conceptualise cybersecurity and -crime “problems” in a genderblind way. Making use of Carol Bacchi’s post-structural policy analysis “What is the Problem Represented to Be?” I conduct an analysis of the EU’s cybercrime institutions, focusing on the main EU cybercrime organisation – the EC3. Through analyses of relevant EU and EC3 texts, I find that the EU’s cybercrime institutions are marked by a masculinised way of thinking about cybersecurity and -crime issues, mainly derived from traditional security discourse, which has created path dependence for how cybersecurity and - crime can be understood. Four logics are identified: the control of cyberspace logic which positions cyberspace as the referent object of security; a technical logic which proposes that the risks faced by individuals and societies can be mitigated by increasing the security of ICT products, processes and services; the vulnerability of children logic which constructs children as a vulnerable group whose victimisation is morally necessary to counter; and the end-user responsibility logic which assumes that some forms of issues are best countered by changing the behaviour of the victims. These logics in different ways make the incorporation of a gender perspective more difficult.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2020. , p. 41
Keywords [en]
cybersecurity, cybercrime, European Union, EU, EC3, feminist institutionalism, path dependence, cyber violence, VAW, VAWG
Keywords [sv]
cybersäkerhet, cyberbrottslighet, EU, feministisk institutionalism, stigberoende, cybervåld
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-9090OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-9090DiVA, id: diva2:1413570
Subject / course
Political Science with a focus on Security Studies (Master's programme in Politics and War)
Educational program
Master's programme in Politics and War
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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