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Government surveillance news and analysis from The Nation
November 8, 2019
The Berlin Wall Kept People In. Our New Walls Keep People Out.
Walls have made a comeback—but like in Berlin, their effectiveness hinges on mass surveillance.
October 28, 2019
What It Feels Like to Be Watched
From the streets to our smartphones, surveillance has taken on frightening proportions.
October 16, 2019
China Is Exporting Its Anti-Muslim Strategy to India
Muslims in Kashmir may find themselves in a Xinjiang-style dystopia thanks to Chinese technology and Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalism.
October 3, 2019
‘Is It a Crime to Expose Crimes Already Committed?’
Reading Edward Snowden’s new memoir in the midst of the current scandal raging in Washington, the famous Iraq War whistle-blower explains why all whistle-blowers deserve our protection.
June 5, 2019
The Haves and Have-Nots of Big Data
A “global firewall” is redrawing lines between countries—and people.
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April 29, 2019
Why Everyone Should Care About Mass E-carceration
The social costs of constant surveillance are greater than we might think.
Patricia J. Williams
March 6, 2019
Exclusive: ICE Has Kept Tabs on ‘Anti-Trump’ Protesters in New York City
Documents reveal that the immigration enforcement agency has been keenly attuned to left-leaning protests in the city.
January 23, 2019
Discipline and Punish: The Birth of China’s Social-Credit System
In Hangzhou and throughout Shandong province, gold stars and black marks have begun to shape public and private behavior.
December 6, 2018
In America’s Panopticon
The Known Citizen
examines the linked histories of privacy and surveillance in the United States.
September 27, 2018
Mass Surveillance Begins at the Local Level. So Does the Resistance to It.
Grassroots groups are leading the pushback against government spying.
Andrew Tan-Delli Cicchi