2016 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

2016 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

2016 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

May 12, 2021

The 2016 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize has been awarded to Laura K. Donohue for her book The Future of Foreign Intelligence: Privacy and Surveillance in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press 2016) and to Jennifer Stisa Granick for her book American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017).

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Jennifer Granick’s TED talk on activism and spying in the U.S.

Jennifer Granick’s TED talk on activism and spying in the U.S.

Jennifer Granick’s TED talk on activism and spying in the U.S.

August 31, 2017
How the US government spies on people who protest — including you” is the title of Jennifer Granick’s TED Talk featuring the research and ideas in American Spies.

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American Spies “best single book” for understanding U.S. surveillance

Christopher J. Coyne, Professor of Economics at George Mason University has reviewed American Spies and says “To date, it is the best single book I have read for understanding the breadth of the U.S. government’s surveillance operations.” Read more of the review in his recent essay “A Review Essay of American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It by Jennifer Stisa Granick (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017) & Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission by Barry Friedman (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017)”

Reining In Warrantless Wiretapping of Americans

New article for The Century Foundation:

In my book, American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What To Do About It, I explain the dangers that massive collection of information about Americans poses to our democracy. Soon, there will be an opportunity to rein in some of this surveillance. In December 2017, one of the laws enabling the National Security Agency (NSA) to warrantlessly wiretap Americans’ international communications and to gather foreigners’ private messages from top Internet companies will expire. The expiration forces Congress to decide whether to renew the law, reform it, or kill it. Because the surveillance law allows spying so far afield of national security interest, critics argue that it should be markedly curtailed, or allowed to end.

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Great Reviews for American Spies

Have you bought your copy of American Spies yet?

American Spies won the 2016 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize as best work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) calls Jennifer Granick the “Lebron James of surveillance law” and says American Spies is an important contribution to the policy debate.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian, former Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Canadian province of Ontario and Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University, says American Spies is an “excellent book” that “will open people’s eyes.”

Information security professional Ben Rothke writing for RSA Conference blog writes “for anyone who wants to understand what lead Edward Snowden to leak classified information, the book is an absolute must read.”

Ars Technica’s review states that, “despite being geared largely toward attorneys and academics, American Spies can be easily understood by anyone” and that Granick ” is one of the premiere legal minds currently trying to grok the intersection between surveillance, privacy, and public policy.”

So what are you waiting for? Purchase your copy of American Spies today.