Knowing the Enemy, Knowing the Earth
2014 (English)In: The Surveillance Imperative: Geosciences During the Cold War and Beyond / [ed] Simone Turchetti and Peder Roberts, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 1-19 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Surveillance is a subject on many lips. Thanks to Edward Snowden’s revelations, commentators around the world have questioned if anything remains undetected by the surveillance networks set up by the world’s most powerful nations. Documentation leaked by the former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor has revealed electronic ears and eyes spreading across the planet, enabling the rapid transfer of massive amounts of data to an army of intelligence operators, aided by some of the fastest computing machines on earth and their capacious hard drives. While emblematic examples such as German chancellor Angela Merkel’s tapped Nokia handset evoke the gadget-oriented espionage of an early 007 movie, the sheer scale and sweep of the operations have caused the greatest concern for most members of the public. Not only has it become apparent how much private information transferred through mobile phones, e-mails, Web portals, and social networking websites can be tapped into by security agencies, but we now also know that intelligence operators do not always discriminate between enemies and allies in tapping operations—something that has come to light in the most embarrassing circumstances for the Obama administration.1
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 1-19 p.
, Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-178189DOI: 10.1057/9781137438744_1ISBN: 978-1-349-49407-1ISBN: 978-1-137-43874-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-178189DiVA: diva2:877713
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