by Robert Scheer
Life in the digital age poses an unprecedented challenge to our constitutional liberties, which guarantee a wall of privacy between the individual and the government. The government already has access to a vast trove of personal online data, but the erosion of privacy rights extends far beyond big government. As Pulitzer Prize finalist Robert Scheer reveals, intelligence agencies such as the NSA and CIA are using Silicon Valley corporate partners as their data spies. Snooping government agencies have forced tech companies to betray their users' privacy to create a brave new world of wired tyranny.
No authoritarian regime ever could have hoped to gain the power to control the power and aspirations of their subjects that today's off-the-shelf information technology already provides. The technology of surveillance, Scheer warns, represents an existential threat to the liberation of the human spirit.
About the Author:
Robert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of the Webby Award-winning online magazine Truthdig, professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and co-host of Left, Right & Center, a weekly syndicated radio show broadcast from NPR's west coast affiliate, KCRW. In the 1960s, he was editor of the groundbreaking Ramparts magazine and later was national correspondent and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Scheer is the author of nine books, including The Great American Stickup. He lives in Los Angeles.