How effective is surveillance?

Here is a short article from ProPublica, a well-respected independent non-profit news organization:

What’s the Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much (Nov. 18, 2015)

Very pertinent to yesterday’s presentation and discussion.

Transparency is a big issue: The government claims surveillance has helped to prevent some attacks, but no evidence is given. We are simply supposed to believe the claim because the government said so.

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Some optional reading

From time to time I’ll post a reading recommendation. It will be related to the topics in this course. You may ignore it if you like.

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This new report, The Politics of Media Development: The Importance of Engaging Government and Civil Society, comes from the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA). It’s a PDF and free to download.