Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

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  • An inside look at who's watching you, what they know and why it matters. We are being watched.

    We see online ads from websites we've visited, long after we've moved on to other interests. Our smartphones and cars
    transmit our location, enabling us to know what's in the neighborhood but also enabling others to track us. And the
    federal government, we recently learned, has been conducting a massive data-gathering surveillance operation across the
    Internet and on our phone lines.

    In Dragnet Nation, award-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin reports from the front lines of America's
    surveillance economy, offering 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