Heidi Boghosian: Spying on Democracy
Presented by Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life
When: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 8 p.m.
Where: The Victoria Hall Theater, 33 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara
Age limit: All ages
Until the watershed leak of top-secret documents by Edward Snowden to the Guardian UK and the Washington Post, most Americans did not realize the extent to which our government is actively acquiring personal information from telecommunications companies and other corporations. As made startlingly clear, the National Security Agency (NSA) has collected information on every phone call Americans have made over the past seven years. In that same time, the NSA and the FBI have gained the ability to access emails, photos, audio and video chats, and additional content from Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, YouTube, Skype, Apple, and others, allegedly in order to track foreign targets.
In Spying on Democracy, National Lawyers Guild Executive Director Heidi Boghosian documents the disturbing increase in surveillance of ordinary citizens and the danger it poses to our privacy, our civil liberties, and to the future of democracy itself. Boghosian reveals how technology is being used to categorize and monitor people based on their associations, their movements, their purchases, and their perceived political beliefs. She shows how corporations and government intelligence agencies mine data from sources as diverse as surveillance cameras and unmanned drones to iris scans and medical records, while combing websites, email, phone records and social media for resale to third parties, including U.S. intelligence agencies. Spying on Democracy is a timely, invaluable, and accessible primer for anyone concerned with protecting privacy, freedom, and the U.S. Constitution.
Heidi Boghosian is currently the Executive Director at the National Lawyers Guild, co-host of the civil liberties radio show “Law and Disorder,” on Pacifica's WBAI in New York and over 40 national affiliates. She is the author of Spying on
Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance (2013), Punishing Protest: Government Tactics that Suppress Free Speech (2007), and The Assault on Free Speech, Public Assembly, and Dissent: A National Lawyers Guild Report on Government Violations of First Amendment Rights in the United States (2004).
She received her JD from Temple Law School where she was the editor-in-chief of the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review. She also holds an MS from Boston University and a BA from Brown University.
Event posted Jan. 3, 2014
Last updated Jan. 3, 2014