Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Trying to escape the Surveillance State (video)

Ashley Wells, Pfc. Sandoval, Wisdom Quarterly; author, researcher, and journalist Julia Angwin with Amy Goodman, Nermeen Shaikh, Juan González (

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin visited Democracy Now! to discuss her new book, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance. Currently at ProPublica and previously with The Wall Street Journal, Angwin details her complex path toward increasing her own online privacy as a private citizen.

According to her research, the private data collected by East Germany’s Soviet-era Stasi secret police at its height of abuse pales in comparison to the information revealed today by an individual’s Facebook profile or Google search history, which is never erased by Google even when we clear our history. It is used by the government for unconstitutional unwarranted spying on Americans, by police to give everyone a police record, and by advertisers to target individuals. More

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