Keeping Tabs on America

Surveillance and You

Recent revelations about government surveillance, including Edward Snowden's leak of NSA documents, have renewed worldwide attention to questions around privacy. Why is privacy important? What are the uses of surveillance? What are the dangers? Independent scholar and writer Kristian Williams will lead participants in a conversation about the scope and consequences of government surveillance, as well as ethical and legal limits of surveillance practices.



Kristian Williams | Portland

Kristian Williams has studied state surveillance for almost twenty years, writing as both a scholar and a journalist. He is the author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in AmericaAmerican Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination; and Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern Democracy. He is one of the editors of Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency, as well as an occasional contributor to CounterpunchToward Freedom, and In These Times.

Program Themes

Civic Life , Justice , Technology and Science

Equipment Needs

chalk/whiteboard , microphone