The project is part of a larger research program of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research concerning civil security (the project is a component in the Ministry’s so-called Hightech Strategy). The project "Security Research Dialogue: Supporting Role" is led by the Fraunhofer Society’s Institute for Systems and Innovation Research. Further project partners are the Max Planck Institute and the Department of Sociology at the University of Freiburg.

The com­pon­ents of the in­di­vidu­al pro­gram points "Scen­ario Ori­ented Re­search" and "Tech­no­logy Net­works" deal with so­ci­et­al ques­tions about tech­no­lo­gic­al re­search pro­cesses. The task of the Se­cur­ity Re­search Dia­logue is to bring re­search re­sources and net­works to­geth­er, which in­cludes the "map­ping" of cur­rent so­cial sci­ence re­search in the afore­men­tioned fields.

The se­cur­ity is­sues are ex­amined un­der four dif­fer­ent heads. These heads are, 1. Se­cur­ity cul­ture (so­ci­et­al); 2. Se­cur­ity ar­chi­tec­ture (in­ter­na­tion­al, na­tion­al); 3. Se­cur­ity or­gan­iz­a­tion (op­er­a­tion­al); and 4. Se­cur­ity tech­no­logy (mi­cro level). The pro­ject is not dir­ec­ted solely at the ac­cept­ance of new tech­no­lo­gies, but is rather de­signed to un­earth ad­equate re­search meth­ods for se­cur­ity and tech­no­logy de­vel­op­ments. Ac­cord­ingly, the fo­cus of the pro­ject is on firstly, as­sess­ment is­sues (per­cep­tions and ex­pect­a­tions of se­cur­ity, so­cio-cul­tur­al and politico-norm­at­ive di­men­sions of threat defin­i­tions and se­cur­ity policies), secondly, ex­haust­ive con­tex­tu­al re­flec­tions of each rel­ev­ant di­men­sion (con­di­tions, mean­ings and con­sequences of se­cur­ity strategies) and, thirdly, a so­cial and tech­no­lo­gic­al way of thought (tech­nic­al struc­tur­ing of so­ci­ety, so­cial and cul­tur­al im­pact of tech­no­lo­gic­al auto­ma­tion, and the con­scien­tious con­fig­ur­a­tion of both pro­cesses).

The Se­cur­ity Re­search Dia­logue began in Novem­ber 2008 at the con­gress "... mit Sich­er­heit: für Freiheit – Die gesell­schaft­lichen Di­men­sion­en der Sich­er­heits­forschung," where fun­da­ment­al de­vel­op­ments per­tain­ing to se­cur­ity cul­ture and se­cur­ity ar­chi­tec­ture were ad­dressed. As part of the Dia­logue, reg­u­lar in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary meet­ings with rep­res­ent­at­ives from the hu­man­it­ies and so­cial sci­ences are planned to en­able the iden­ti­fic­a­tion of cur­rent and fu­ture se­cur­ity re­search needs. To this end, three work­ing groups have been cre­ated to cov­er the top­ics "Se­cur­ity aware­ness and re­quire­ments in so­ci­ety," "Tech­no­lo­gic­al and eco­nom­ic is­sues of se­cur­ity" and "So­ci­et­al agents of se­cur­ity." In this con­text, a work­shop on se­cur­ity per­cep­tions in the 21st cen­tury was held at the Max Planck In­sti­tute on 30.10.2009. An in­ter­na­tion­al com­par­at­ive con­fer­ence on is­sues of European home se­cur­ity also took place in Ber­lin between 26.-28.11.2009. Lastly, a work­shop on the tech­no­lo­gic­al and so­ci­et­al as­pects of bio­met­rics was held in Bonn on 09.12.2009.


The pro­ject is fun­ded by the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and Re­search (BMBF) as part of its Se­cur­ity Re­search – Re­search for Civil Se­cur­ity.