UVic Security Expert Focuses On London Olympics

University of Victoria political scientist Colin Bennett co-edited a book published in 2011 entitled Security Games: Surveillance and Control at Mega-Events, a comprehensive assessment of the major security and surveillance implications of large sporting events around the world.

He is closely watching as London prepares to host its Olympic Games, and has been paying even closer attention to the recent controversies swirling around security there.

“These events are increasingly about security and are increasingly being militarized,” Bennett says. “High-tech security companies want to show off their wares, officials are looking for new infrastructure, the Olympic committees want everything to go off without a hitch, advertisers want to promote their products and host communities want to promote themselves to the world. With all these stakeholders it isn’t surprising that an enormous and increasing amount of money is spent on security. Although people tolerate the heightened security, in the case of the London Olympics, these extraordinary measures are being questioned and scrutinized. Recent controversies about failures by security company G4S to fulfill its contractual obligations reflect questions about whether all the money spent on security for these events is really worth it.”

More about Bennett and his research can be found at his Security Games website.

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Phil Saunders (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6139 or psaunder@uvic.ca

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