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Beyond national security, the emergence of a digital reason of state (s) led by transnational guilds of sensitive information: the case of the Five Eyes Plus network

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Beyond national security, the emergence of a digital reason of state (s) led by transnational guilds of sensitive information: the case of the Five Eyes Plus network. / Bigo, Didier.

Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technology. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2019. p. 33-52.

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Bigo, D 2019, Beyond national security, the emergence of a digital reason of state (s) led by transnational guilds of sensitive information: the case of the Five Eyes Plus network. in Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technology. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, pp. 33-52. <https://www.elgaronline.com/view/edcoll/9781785367717/9781785367717.00009.xml>

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Bigo, D. (2019). Beyond national security, the emergence of a digital reason of state (s) led by transnational guilds of sensitive information: the case of the Five Eyes Plus network. In Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technology (pp. 33-52). Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. https://www.elgaronline.com/view/edcoll/9781785367717/9781785367717.00009.xml

Vancouver

Bigo D. Beyond national security, the emergence of a digital reason of state (s) led by transnational guilds of sensitive information: the case of the Five Eyes Plus network. In Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technology. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. 2019. p. 33-52

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Bigo, Didier. / Beyond national security, the emergence of a digital reason of state (s) led by transnational guilds of sensitive information: the case of the Five Eyes Plus network. Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technology. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2019. pp. 33-52

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