Thomas Østerlie (in photo), Håvard Tronhus, and Ole Georg Pettersen won the Outstanding Paper Award at the IADIS - Internation Conference ICT, Society and Human Beings 2010. They won with the paper, Security Cynicism: Travellers' Experience of Security in Encountering Airport Security.
The paper was based on interviews conducted by Håvard and Ole Georg, for their master thesis. The master students interviewed travellers at an airport, and the feedback forms the basis for the research in the paper.
Summary of the paper: "In this paper we argue that instead of increasing travellers' experience of security, ICT use in airport security contributes towards what we have called 'security cynicism'. We find that ICT use contributes towards heightening travellers' awareness of potential shortcomings of the security checkpoint. Travellers therefore find existing security measures to be tokenistic. Caught in the tensions between existing security measures and increased awareness of potential dangers, travelers grow cynical of the intentions and effects of airport security. We call this 'security cynicism'. Security cynicism, we contend, may contribute towards discouraging broader popular engagement with technology-related security issues in general. This is problematic, as such issues are becoming increasingly important for society at large and are therefore far too important to be left in the hands of a limited group technological experts."
IADIS (International Association for Development of the Information Society) is a non-profit association. The International Conference ICT Society and Human Being focuses on the effects of ICT on human beings, and the interaction between ICT, individuals and society. It is one of the top conferences within the research area of ICT and society.
We congratulate Thomas, Håvard, and Ole Georg with the award - keep up the good work!