Dragnet Nation - Evening Book Talk with Julia Angwin

Speaker: Julia Angwin , ProPublica.

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

Refreshments: 3:45 AM

Public: Yes

Location: 32-D463

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Host: Daniel Weitzner, CSAIL

Contact: Marisol Diaz, 617.324.8430, marisol@csail.mit.edu

Relevant URL: http://juliaangwin.com/

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Dragnet Nation - Evening Book Talk with Julia Angwin

In her new book, Julia Angwin reports from the front lines of America’s surveillance economy, a revelatory and unsettling look at how the government, private companies, and even criminals use technology to indiscriminately sweep up vast amounts of our personal data.

In a world where we can be watched in our own homes, where we can no longer keep secrets, and where we can be impersonated, financially manipulated, or even placed in a police lineup, Angwin argues that the greatest long-term danger is that we start to internalize the surveillance and censor our words and thoughts, until we lose the very freedom that makes us unique individuals. Appalled at such a prospect, Angwin conducts a series of experiments to try to protect herself, ranging from quitting Google to carrying a “burner” phone, showing how difficult it is for an average citizen to resist the dragnets’ reach.

Her book is a cautionary tale for all of us, with profound implications for our values, our society, and our very selves.

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Created by Marisol Diaz Email at Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:36 AM.