Archive for June 2013

FACEOFF: Obama And Snowden ‘Debate’ NSA Surveillance Programs

Well, not really a debate, but they each respond to the same questions…  Excellent discussion of the underlying issues at play.

From TalkingPointsMemo.com: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/06/obama-and-snowden-debate-nsa-surveillance-programs.php?ref=fpb

A History of Public Surveillance in America

To ensure public safety, there may be a requirement for some level of governmental surveillance.  The question is: how can we ensure public safety through surveillance while still maintaining individual privacy?  This is one of the more important issues of the day, and requires a socio-technical level of research that expands the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines.

Meanwhile, here’s an interesting and historic look at public surveillance in the US.

From ProPublica.org: http://projects.propublica.org/graphics/surveillance-timeline