By Julia Angwin
An inside of examine who is gazing you, what they be aware of and why it issues. we're being watched.
We see on-line advertisements from web pages we have now visited, lengthy after we've got moved directly to different pursuits. Our smartphones and vehicles transmit our situation, permitting us to grasp what is in the community but in addition permitting others to trace us. And the government, we lately realized, has been undertaking an immense data-gathering surveillance operation around the web and on our telephone strains.
In "Dragnet Nation," award-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin experiences from front strains of America's surveillance financial system, supplying a revelatory and unsettling examine how the govt., deepest businesses, or even criminals use expertise to indiscriminately sweep up substantial quantities of our own facts. In a global the place we will be able to be watched in our personal houses, the place we will be able to now not maintain secrets and techniques, and the place we will be able to be impersonated, financially manipulated, or maybe put in a police lineup, Angwin argues that the best long term chance is that we commence to internalize the surveillance and censor our phrases and recommendations, until eventually we lose the very freedom that makes us designated members. Appalled at this sort of prospect, Angwin conducts a sequence of experiments to attempt to guard herself, starting from quitting Google to wearing a "burner" cell, displaying how tough it really is for a standard citizen to withstand the dragnets' succeed in.
Her publication is a cautionary story for we all, with profound implications for our values, our society, and our very selves.
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