Dragnet Nation

Evening Book Talk with Julia Angwin

Photo: New America

When

April 9, 2014

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where

New America

740 15th St NW #900

Washington, D.C. 20005

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. 

Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance is a cautionary tale for all of us, with profound implications for our values, our society, and our very selves. New America hosted a discussion of these issues with the author and New America's Kevin Bankston and Lina Khan. 

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Participants:

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

Kevin Bankston 
Policy Director, New America's Open Technology Institute

Lina Khan
Policy Analyst, New America's Markets, Enterprise and Resiliency Initiative