The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America, From Slavery to the War on Terror / Edition 1

The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America, From Slavery to the War on Terror / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0465054854
ISBN-13:
9780465054855
Pub. Date:
11/22/2004
Publisher:
Basic Books
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The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America, From Slavery to the War on Terror / Edition 1


On a typical day, you might make a call on a cell phone, withdraw money at an ATM, visit the mall, and make a purchase with a credit card. Each of these routine transactions leaves a digital trail for government agencies and businesses to access. As cutting-edge historian and journalist Christian Parenti points out, these everyday intrusions on privacy, while harmless in themselves, are part of a relentless (and clandestine) expansion of routine surveillance in American life over the last two centuries-from controlling slaves in the old South to implementing early criminal justice and tracking immigrants. Parenti explores the role computers are playing in creating a whole new world of seemingly benign technologies-such as credit cards, website "cookies," and electronic toll collection-that have expanded this trend in the twenty-first century. The Soft Cage offers a compelling, vitally important history lesson for every American concerned about the expansion of surveillance into our public and private lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465054855
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/22/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 388,614
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

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