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The Internet and Inequality: A Comment On The NSA Spying Scandal

Gilreath, Shannon D.

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In this Essay, I have three principal aims. First, I reconceptualize what is really at stake in the debate over the collection and storage of the personal information of Internet users, particularly in the context of the large-scale surveillance of Americans by the U.S. government, recently revealed by former National Security Agency (“NSA”) contractor Edward Snowden. I am suggesting in this Essay that privacy is not an adequate paradigm for understanding what is at stake in the question of government electronic surveillance. Instead, I believe what is really at stake, if the NSA spying program goes unchecked, is nothing short of the American commitment to equality itself. Second, I endeavor to frame the risk, thus identified, in terms of a historical and continuing technologization of oppression in the name of national security. Finally, I outline some strategies for intervention and resistance. While I use the particular dangers posed to Gays (the people about whom and for whom I always write) to prove my argument, the insights I provide here are relevant to all vulnerable minorities, all of whom have much to lose as the State's oppressive capabilities increase exponentially via the Internet.
Research Subject Categories::LAW/JURISPRUDENCE
Internet privacy
National Security Agency
government electronic suveillance
0043-03X (issn)
49 Wake Forest L. Rev. 525 (issue)
Gilreath, Shannon D. (author)
2014-08-15T18:55:35Z (accessioned)
2014-08-15T18:55:35Z (available)
2014 (issued)
49 Wake Forest L. Rev. 525 (citation)
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/39364 (uri)
Wake Forest Law Review
Wake Forest Law Review
The Internet and Inequality: A Comment On The NSA Spying Scandal

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