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Submission + - Why Surveillance is Bad (ssrn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: We have a sense that surveillance is bad, but we often have a hard time saying exactly why. In an interesting and readable new article in the Harvard Law Review, law professor Neil Richards argues that surveillance is bad for two reasons — because it menaces our intellectual privacy (our right to read and think freely and secretly) and because it gives the watcher power over the watched, creating the risk of blackmail, persuasion, or discrimination. The article is available for free download at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2239412, and is featured on the Bruce Schneier security blog here: http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2013/03/the_dangers_of.html.
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