When Edward Snowden began leaking NSA documents in June 2013, his actions sparked impassioned debates about electronic surveillance, national security, and privacy in the digital age. The Snowden Reader looks at Snowden's disclosures and their aftermath.Read more...
When Edward Snowden began leaking NSA documents in June 2013, his actions sparked impassioned debates about electronic surveillance, national security, and privacy in the digital age. The Snowden Reader looks at Snowden's disclosures and their aftermath. Critical analyses by experts discuss the historical, political, legal, and ethical issues raised by the disclosures. Over forty key documents related to the case are included, with introductory notes explaining their significance: documents leaked by Snowden; responses from the NSA, the Obama administration, and Congress; statements by foreign leaders, their governments, and international organizations; judicial rulings; findings of review committees; and Snowden's own statements. This book provides a valuable introduction and overview for anyone who wants to go beyond the headlines to understand this historic episode.
- ISBN-13: 9780253017376
- ISBN-10: 0253017378
- Publisher: Indiana University Press
- Publish Date: April 2015
- Page Count: 376
- Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-03-30
- Reviewer: Staff
When National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden pulled back the curtain on an array of secret U.S. domestic and international spying programs in June 2013, he “unleashed, as he hoped, a worldwide debate about state surveillance in the context of technological advances.” His disclosures to journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras have triggered his own exile to Russia, while his revelations continue to reverberate from the highest levels of government to the most vigilant privacy activists and legal scholars. Indiana University law professor Fidler has taken a vital early step with this collection of essays, analyses, and annotated primary documents, which sheds light on the full implications of Snowden's disclosures, though Fidler is quick to point out that “more than a year into the journey into this secret world... we do not have clarity about what it all means.” Essays by Fidler and others variously touch on the “imaginary” balance of security and liberty, American foreign policy, and civil disobedience, scratching the surface of numerous complex issues in an accessible manner. The primary documents, some written in stultifying legalese and the grim obfuscation of government bureaucracy, are easier to evaluate and critique after the introductory essays, without being any less troubling in what they suggest about the Orwellian proportions of the modern-day U.S. surveillance apparatus and the status of privacy in the digital age. (May)