Cyber-noir: Cybersecurity and popular culture

  title={Cyber-noir: Cybersecurity and popular culture},
  author={James Shires},
  journal={Contemporary Security Policy},
  pages={107 - 82}
  • James Shires
  • Published 22 September 2019
  • Computer Science
  • Contemporary Security Policy
ABSTRACT Cybersecurity experts foster a perception of cybersecurity as a gloomy underworld in which the good guys must resort to unconventional tactics to keep at bay a motley group of threats to the digital safety of unsuspecting individuals, businesses, and governments. This article takes this framing seriously, drawing on film studies scholarship that identifies certain aesthetic themes as associated with moral ambiguity in noir films. This article introduces the term “cyber-noir” to… 

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