Everyday digital security in the European High North: The case of Finnish Lapland

Theme 2. Connectivity
Session Name 2.1 Enablement besides constraints: A multidisciplinary approach to cybersecurity and its connections to human security in the Arctic
Datetime Sep 05, 2018 02:30 PM - 02:45 PM (UTC +3)
Location IT106
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter Mirva Salminen
Author(s) Mirva Salminen (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland)
Abstract text

This paper presents a case study of cybersecurity in the European High North from a human security perspective. It examines the effects of digitalisation on people’s everyday life in Enontekiö municipality in the Finnish Lapland. It seeks to answer to the question of which aspects of digitalisation individuals and communities find beneficial and which they experience as detrimental. How are people using information and communication technologies? How would they like to utilise or avoid using these technologies? What kind of interests, needs and fears related to digitalisation exist in the municipality and generally in the Finnish Lapland? The prime aim in the study is to advance people’s ability to direct the digital development towards goals they wish it to reach and reduce fears related to it.


The hypothesis of the study is that digitalisation is changing individuals’ and communities’ lives significantly in the municipality, and more widely in the Finnish Lapland, without providing them a much say in the development. The case study research is carried out by a community-based participatory method. Open workshops and selected interviews were carried out in two locations in Enontekiö in order to map the current situation, as well as people’s future-related hopes and fears. The collected data is contextualised by providing both a description of the socio-economic-cultural-environmental characteristics of the municipality and a narrative of digital development in Finland.

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