The Surveillance State : The Great Courses: Professional

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Paul Rosenzweig
  • Series: The Great Courses: Professional
  • 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

A man shoots down a drone that is flying over his private property. A retail store uses predictive data analytics to send pregnancy-related advertising to a teenager who has not told her parents about her condition. A police officer places a GPS device on a suspected criminal's car to follow him and build a case against him.
The news is full of such stories, in which new technologies lead to dilemmas that could not have been imagined just a few decades ago. The 21st century has seen remarkable technological advances, with many wonderful benefits. But with these advances come new questions about privacy, security, civil liberties, and more.
Big Data is here, which means that government and private industries are collecting massive amounts of information about each of us - information that may be used in marketing, to help solve criminal investigations, and to promote the interests of national security. Pandora's box has been opened, but in many ways the government is behind the times, relying on legislation from the 1970s to inform its stance on regulating the collection and use of this information.
Taught by Professor Rosenzweig, JD, esteemed legal expert and professorial lecturer at The George Washington University School of Law, these 24 revealing lectures tackle the tough questions about surveillance and data in the 21st century. With Professor Rosenzweig's guidance, you'll scrutinize our system of oversight for intelligence agencies, and you'll consider the ways in which the information that is collected impacts (or potentially impacts) our civil liberties.
This is your reliable source for all the facts you need to make your own reasonable choices - and take a first step toward an empowered future.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Informative and Balanced

A little biased towards the American legal/moral standpoint (I'm guessing written largely with an American audience in mind). The author does make an effort to discuss these concepts against the background of European laws too. Either way this was informative and thought provoking and well worth a listen.
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- Mr C T Walsh

The age of Big Brother

Comprehensive introduction into big data and technology are having an increasing impact upon all of our lives.

If you value your freedom, knowledge of the so titled Surveillance State is important to understand how electronic data does, can and will impact on all our lives and what you can do to protect yourself from its most pernicious implications.

The title would suggest that it's our governments who are most interested in our data 'footprints', but increasingly we willingly or perhaps unknowingly submit ever more revealing and intimate details of how we conduct our lives to globalised, private 'actors'.

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- Mike M

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2016
  • Publisher: The Great Courses