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Dragnet Nation - Evening Book Talk with Julia Angwin

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May 6, 2014

Room 190

    Reception - 5:00pm Manning Faculty Lounge
    Talk begins - 6:00pm Room 190

    In her new book, Julia Angwin reports from the front lines of America’s surveillance economy, 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.

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