Dragnet Nation

Dragnet Nation

A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in A World of Relentless Surveillance

Book - 2014
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An inside look at who's watching you, what they know and why it matters. We are being watched.

We see online ads from websites we've visited, long after we've moved on to other interests. Our smartphones and cars transmit our location, enabling us to know what's in the neighborhood but also enabling others to track us. And the federal government, we recently learned, has been conducting a massive data-gathering surveillance operation across the Internet and on our phone lines.

In Dragnet Nation , award-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin reports from the front lines of America's surveillance economy, offering a revelatory and unsettling look at how the government, private companies, and even criminals use technology to indiscriminately sweep up vast amounts of our personal data. In a world where we can be watched in our own homes, where we can no longer keep secrets, and where we can be impersonated, financially manipulated, or even placed in a police lineup, Angwin argues that the greatest long-term danger is that we start to internalize the surveillance and censor our words and thoughts, until we lose the very freedom that makes us unique individuals. Appalled at such a prospect, Angwin conducts a series of experiments to try to protect herself, ranging from quitting Google to carrying a "burner" phone, showing how difficult it is for an average citizen to resist the dragnets' reach.

Her book is a cautionary tale for all of us, with profound implications for our values, our society, and our very selves.

Publisher: New York : Times Books, Henry Holt and Company, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805098075
9780805098082
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 25 cm

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StarGladiator
Mar 08, 2014

Why this book is important: in 2019, it will be the 100-year anniversary of when tanks rolled into Seattle to shut down a peaceful demonstration (1919). A great book on a hot, current topic, especially since we have a sitting president (Mr. Obama) who pubicly stated he was against an Egyptian dictator shutting down that country's Internet access, all the while supporting laws to allow the shutting down of Internet access to the American citizenry. How many taxpayer dollars go to domestic surveillance on innocent citizens? No one really knows! (Today, many Americans hail Edward Snowden as a brave whistleblower, while the government claims he's a terrorist. Today, the majority of Americans do not believe the official government story surrounding the events of 9/11/01.)

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