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Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance
     

Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

by Julia Angwin
 

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ISBN-10: 1250060869

ISBN-13: 9781250060860

Pub. Date: 02/10/2015

Publisher: St. Martin's Press


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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250060860
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/10/2015
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
218,724
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 2.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Hacked 1
2. A Short History of Tracking 21
3. State of Surveillance 37
4. Freedom of Association 51
5. Threat Models 65
6. The Audit 80
7. The First Line of Defense 96
8. Leaving Google 112
9. Introducing Ida 127
10. Pocket Litter 140
11. Opting Out 153
12. The Hall of Mirrors 167
13. Lonely Codes 183
14. Fighting Fear 199
15. An Unfairness Doctrine 210
Notes 225
Acknowledgments 275
Index 277

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