Black Code

Politics & Society
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 17:30 to 18:30
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A recent stream of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has shed light on an otherwise highly secretive world of cyber surveillance. Among the revelations, perhaps the most important for the future of global cyberspace are those concerning the way the U.S. government compelled the secret cooperation of American telecommunications, Internet, and social media companies with signals intelligence programs.

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For American citizens, the NSA story has touched off soul-searching discussions about the legality of mass surveillance programs, whether they violate the Fourth and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, and whether proper oversight and accountability exist to protect American citizens' rights. But for the rest of the world, they lay bare an enormous “homefield advantage” enjoyed by the United States — a function of the fact that AT&T, Verizon, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, and many other brand name giants are headquartered in the United States. What will the reactions to those revelations be? Drawing from the first hand accounts of the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab (Munk School of Global Affairs), Deibert will provide an overview of some disturbing reactions and threatening geopolitical developments to the Snowden revelations as states, criminals, and shady companies struggle for advantage in the post-Snowden world.
 

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