Techdirt Podcast Episode 120: The Surveillance State: Jennifer Granick, Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society and author of the new book American Spies joins Techdirt for an in-depth discussion about the surveillance state today. Shortly after we recorded this podcast, the NSA made major changes to one of its surveillance programs, so make sure you listen to the end!
On Monkey Cage Blog, Prof. Henry Farrell has a Q&A with Jennifer Granick about surveillance, wiretapping & American Spies.
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.
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.
Read Ben Rothke’s review of American Spies at RSA Conference blog. He calls it an important book and “a well-researched expose.”