One Nation Under Surveillance: A New Social Contract to Defend Freedom Without Sacrificing Liberty

One Nation Under Surveillance A New Social Contract to Defend Freedom Without Sacrificing Liberty What limits if any should be placed on a government s efforts to spy on its citizens in the name of national security Spying on foreigners has long been regarded as an unseemly but necessary enterpr

  • Title: One Nation Under Surveillance: A New Social Contract to Defend Freedom Without Sacrificing Liberty
  • Author: Simon Chesterman
  • ISBN: 9780199580378
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What limits, if any, should be placed on a government s efforts to spy on its citizens in the name of national security Spying on foreigners has long been regarded as an unseemly but necessary enterprise Spying on one s own citizens in a democracy, by contrast, has historically been subject to various forms of legal and political restraint For most of the twentieth centWhat limits, if any, should be placed on a government s efforts to spy on its citizens in the name of national security Spying on foreigners has long been regarded as an unseemly but necessary enterprise Spying on one s own citizens in a democracy, by contrast, has historically been subject to various forms of legal and political restraint For most of the twentieth century these regimes were kept distinct That position is no longer tenable Modern threats do not respect national borders Changes in technology make it impractical to distinguish between foreign and local communications And our culture is progressively reducing the sphere of activity that citizens can reasonably expect to be kept from government eyes The main casualty of this transformed environment will be privacy Recent battles over privacy have been dominated by fights over warrantless electronic surveillance or CCTV the coming years will see debates over DNA databases, data mining, and biometric identification There will be protests and lawsuits, editorials and elections resisting these attacks on privacy Those battles are worthy But the war will be lost Modern threats increasingly require that governments collect such information, governments are increasingly able to collect it, and citizens increasingly accept that they will collect it One Nation Under Surveillance proposes a move away from questions of whether governments should collect information and onto problematic and relevant questions concerning its use By reframing the relationship between privacy and security in the language of a social contract, mediated by a citizenry who are active participants rather than passive targets, this book offers a framework to defend freedom without sacrificing liberty.

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    1. This is a very interesting book for those who have an interest in the balancing act of privacy and security. The book successfully outlines the vast majority of the debates involved and comments critically on most of them. It opens one's eyes to alternative ways of thinking about some of the issues involved. It is also a great book to identify further leads and books that might interest the reader. This debate is ever-changing, and given that the book was published in 2011, there is a chance tha [...]

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