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The paper highlights how the use of Swiss military drones facilitates and limits the acquisition of knowledge for the missions of the border guards. It then demonstrates the way in which the mobile and flexible nature of this technology also gives rise to new surveillance practices and identification controls. Moreover, through this study, the aim is to rethink the real interest of the modern states in acquiring and using new technology to secure the national territory.
Articles | Volume 72, issue 1
Geogr. Helv., 72, 97–107, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-72-97-2017

Special issue: Power and space in the drone age

Geogr. Helv., 72, 97–107, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-72-97-2017

Standard article 24 Feb 2017

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Swiss military drones and the border space: a critical study of the surveillance exercised by border guards

Silvana Pedrozo

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The paper highlights how the use of Swiss military drones facilitates and limits the acquisition of knowledge for the missions of the border guards. It then demonstrates the way in which the mobile and flexible nature of this technology also gives rise to new surveillance practices and identification controls. Moreover, through this study, the aim is to rethink the real interest of the modern states in acquiring and using new technology to secure the national territory.
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