Research Blog 6

Source #1: Privacy, Morality, and the Law

The authors main focus is on what exactly privacy consists of and what it means in the world. He then delves into his claim on the value of privacy or at least what it should be. He uses the analysis of three separate older definitions of privacy to address their flaws. He also uses Freud’s claim of intimacy as an opposing view on intimacy. His claim is that intimacy is does not come from full disclosure but more so in sharing your true self with all your flaws and weaknesses. Another main claim in this article is the author’s definition of privacy, “Privacy is the condition of not having undocumented personal knowledge about one possessed by others.” This shows me an argument that comes around a time where this controversy was in its baby stages. People were just now realizing that there were more capabilities to unearth information about each other and this brought up the question of when to draw the line. W. A. Parent is the author of this piece which was published in 1983 by Wiley. This was published as an exploration of privacy and was sparked by the start of government access into citizens lives.

Source #2: NSA Surveillance Divides the Republican Party

The faction of republicans under George W Bush is pushing for the continuation of mass surveillance. The opposing side thinks that this is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. The author is Conor Friedersdorf and this was written in response to the new debate that explores the legitimacy of the NSA and its tactics as constitutional methods of protection against terrorists. RNC has declared domestic spying illegal. The resolution calls for a blatant take down of the NSA. The resolution states “It declares NSA spying unconstitutional, insisting that it violates both the First and Fourth Amendments.” This shows me both sides within my own political party and also emphasizes how the 9/11 attack played a major role in the acceptance of mass surveillance.

Source #3: In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

The authors of this article are Barton Gellman, Julie Tate, and Ashkan Soltani. It was posted on July 5th 2014. This was written in response to Snowden’s dramatic uncoveries of the inner actions of NSA. Ordinary internet users are being intercepted through the NSA networkers and it outnumbers the amount of actual targets being monitored. This fact has been brought up because of the fact that “Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post” Edward Snowden is a huge player in my inquiry because his shared discoveries have opened up many peoples eyes to this new and growing issue of privacy through online activity and technology.

These new sources provide more background on my overall question, but don’t change it. Edward Snowden has proven to be a very large source for many of my articles making him a key contributer to the publics knowledge on the conflict at hand.


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