The Post-Snowden Era: Mass Surveillance and Privacy in New Zealand

Bridget Williams Books
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'Surveillance is confusing. Should we give up on expecting privacy because we're all being watched, or stop worrying because it's all exaggerated? Actually, neither of those is right. A much better idea is to find a book that is sane, well researched and easy to read, so you understand, don't fear needlessly, and can do something about the things that are wrong. A book like this one.' Nicky Hager

Revelations about the nature and extent of global surveillance programs have shocked many. But what are their implications in the long term – and for New Zealand? Mapping New Zealand’s role in international intelligence-gathering from the Second World War to the present day, Kathleen Kuehn asks probing questions about the behaviour of both the state and corporations in our current ‘surveillance society’. Ultimately these questions force us to confront the way we value our individual privacy and civil liberties, for – as we often hear – why should any of this matter if we have nothing to hide?
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About the author

Kathleen M. Kuehn is a lecturer in media studies at Victoria University of Wellington where she teaches courses on surveillance society, and the relationship between media, society and politics. Her research centres on the political economy of digital media, creative labour and cultural production.
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Publisher
Bridget Williams Books
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Published on
Dec 9, 2016
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Pages
160
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ISBN
9780908321087
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / Privacy & Surveillance
Political Science / World / Australian & Oceanian
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