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Author Cédric, Leboeuf
Source Hyper Articles en Ligne (HAL)
Content type Text
Publisher Centre de Droit Maritime et Océanique, Université de Nantes
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword maritime law ♦ surveillance ♦ evidence ♦ technique ♦ shs ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/Law
Abstract Immensity of sea areas, threats and increased risks because of the importance of maritime traffic, enlargement of vessel sizes, emergence of new risks and new threats under the influence of globalization and technologization of the Society... All these factors justify the increasing number of measures and means monitoring human activities at sea. However, it seems not relevant to consider the theory of Big Brother, leader of the fictional country Oceania 3 , believing in the illusion of a comprehensive and effective control over the entire surface of the Earth. Nowadays, it appears that everything can be monitored – detectable, observable and controllable. The precision of the statements coming from satellite technologies and the collected information fuel this contemporary fantasy. Diversion of technical means dedicated to the safety of navigation then used for criminal purposes gives us a typical illustration of the duality of the consequences of the implementation of new technical requirements. The Automatic Identification System (AIS) for example, which originally promoted the safety of maritime transit, enables Somali pirates to target the ships to board 4 . Technology plays an increasing role in the lives of maritime actors. Innovative technical applications are very steadily becoming part of the everyday life of both controllers and controlled people. Developed to meet the requirements of safety and security at sea, these new techniques generate changes in the legal framework of human activities. They turn, sometimes in depth, the standards and the mode of production of the legal norms. The legal concepts of threat and risk are thus subject to changes.
ISSN 12666912
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2012-01-01
Journal Neptunus
Volume Number 18