Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Watching the Watchers

From The Chronicle: 3/17/2006: Watching the Watchers:

As a fast-growing group of scholars sees it, the recent revelations of warrantless domestic spying and 'data mining' by federal agencies should come as no surprise at all. They say a public-private merger of government and commercial interests has created an expanding and ever-more-encompassing net of surveillance.

Proponents promise that, post-9/11, increased surveillance will bring security, which is why legislation like the Patriot Act is essential to clearing a path for it. Critics decry the transformation of the information age into an era of pervasive spying. The conflict means that academic research and publishing on the subject are flourishing.

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