Securing Virtual Space

  title={Securing Virtual Space},
  author={David Barnard-Wills and Debi Ashenden},
  journal={Space and Culture},
  pages={110 - 123}
This article uses a governmentality and discourse analysis approach to analyze cyber security policy literature. It examines the problems of construction of virtual space and current efforts to secure this space political and technologically. It extracts a model of cyber security discourse that constructs cyberspace as ungovernable, unknowable, a cause of vulnerability, inevitably threatening, and a home to threatening actors. 

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