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Tag: Privacy and Surveillance

Jeanne Theoharis speaks with Lerone A. Martin on the white Christian legacy of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI.

Lerone A. Martin, Jeanne Theoharis

Yawning gaps in the law empower police to collect and store massive amounts of data, all on the grounds that it might one day turn out useful.

Emily Berman

Both regulators and employers have embraced new technologies for on-the-job monitoring, turning a blind eye to unjust working conditions.

Karen Levy

László Krasznahorkai’s latest novel reflects on the power of the surveillance state through the perspective of a librarian who wishes to lock up all books.

Tadhg Larabee

As Big Tech's data and profit extraction extends the world over, activists in the Global South are pointing the way to a more just digital future.

Toussaint Nothias

Two new books examine the ordinary roots of our extraordinary regime of high-tech monitoring.

Sophia Goodfriend

Twenty-five years of neoliberal political economy are to blame for today's regime of surveillance advertising, and only public policy can undo it.

Matthew Crain

An interview on the post-Dobbs legal landscape—and how the federal government can respond.

Rachel Rebouché

Younger voices are using technology to respond to the needs of marginalized communities and nurture Black healing and liberation.

Kenia Hale, Payton Croskey, Nate File

We need a model of ownership that recognizes our collective interests.

Aziz Z. Huq

In the high-tech culture of Tel Aviv, military-grade spying on civilians has become just another office job.

Sophia Goodfriend

Drone attacks were sold to the American people as a way to limit U.S. involvement in Pakistan. In reality, U.S. empire has only continued to exert influence.

Madiha Tahir

Far from a relic of the past, September 11 continues to normalize state-sanctioned barbarity.

Joseph Margulies

Justice demands that we think not just about profit or performance, but above all about purpose.

Annette Zimmermann

The more someone knows about us, the more they can influence us. We can wield democratic power only if our privacy is protected.

Carissa Véliz

Proptech is leading to new forms of housing injustice in ways that increase the power of landlords and further disempower tenants and those seeking shelter.

Genevieve Fried, Meredith Whittaker, Erin McElroy

A leaked Homeland Security database confirms what many suspected: the U.S. government is trying to punish and intimidate people advocating for immigrant rights.

Lauren Carasik

We have surrendered the cherished value of “innocent until proven guilty” for the security logic that we are all “risky until proven safe.”

Matthew Longo

In the era of digital neighborhoods, social networks embolden a new kind of racial surveillance.

Clarence Harlan Orsi

Happy End is the culmination of Haneke’s obsession with how technology mediates our desires.

Francey Russell

It is an ever-widening surveillance zone that turns borderland citizens into guardians of the state.

Matthew Longo

On the legal and ethical scope of surveillance.

Elizabeth Goitein

Throughout the twentieth century, bipartisan consensus was that black youth were latent criminals in need of abundant policing.

Kelly Lytle Hernández

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