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Title:NSA Surveillance: Exploring the Geographies of Internet Interception
Author(s):Clement, Andrew
Subject(s):NSA surveillance
warrantless wiretapping
internet surveillance
privacy
Abstract:The National Security Agency's various surveillance programs recently revealed by Edward Snowden are collectively arguably the largest personal data collection and analysis operation in history. While the foremost exemplar of a fine-grained, global information system, they also represent among the most serious contemporary challenges to democratic governance and civil liberties. Based on media coverage and leaked secret documents, this paper analyses the main NSA data interception programs and their geographic characteristics. This research also draws on IXmaps.ca, a crowd-sourced, interactive mapping application to show internet users where their personal traffic may be intercepted by the NSA. In particular, it demonstrates that internet surveillance facilities located in relatively few strategic locations enable a nearly comprehensive collection of domestic U.S. internet traffic.
Issue Date:2014-03-01
Publisher:iSchools
Citation Info:Clement, A. (2014). NSA Surveillance: Exploring the Geographies of Internet Interception. In iConference 2014 Proceedings (p. 412 - 425). doi:10.9776/14119
Series/Report:iConference 2014 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:english
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/47305
DOI:10.9776/14119
Other Identifier(s):119
Publication Status:published
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 is held by the authors of individual items in the proceedings. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-02-28


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