The purpose of this interdisciplinary symposium is to question
-- philosophically, strategically, ethically -- the role of 'technology'
in terror. Participants from different backgrounds -- academic,
military and media -- will investigate the impact of technology
on three forms of global terror emerging from 9/11: terror
as a networked strategy of symbolic violence, coercive intimidation
and political fear; anti-terror
as a state reaction of deterrence, disruption and destruction of
terrorism; and counter-terror
as a transnational response of preventive media, disciplinary surveillance,
and criminal justice. While the emphasis is on the role of information
technologies in each form of terror, technology is broadly defined
to include technical as well as symbolic systems of producing, processing,
and distributing knowledge and power. The purpose is not to question
technology as a neutral instrument but as a constructive, destructive
and transformative force in contemporary international relations.