When Edward Snowden Began Leaking NSA Documents In June 2013, His Actions Sparked Impassioned Debates About Electronic Surveillance, National Security, And Privacy In The Digital Age The Snowden Reader Looks At Snowden S Disclosures And Their Aftermath Critical Analyses By Experts Discuss The Historical, Political, Legal, And Ethical Issues Raised By The Disclosures Over Forty Key Documents Related To The Case Are Included, With Introductory Notes Explaining Their Significance Documents Leaked By Snowden Responses From The NSA, The Obama Administration, And Congress Statements By Foreign Leaders, Their Governments, And International Organizations Judicial Rulings Findings Of Review Committees And Snowden S Own Statements This Book Provides A Valuable Introduction And Overview For Anyone Who Wants To Go Beyond The Headlines To Understand This Historic Episode. The Snowden Reader edited by David P Fidler is essentially an Indiana University IU work on the security versus privacy issue as regards the Edward Snowden leaks of National Security Agency NSA documents IU had a panel presentation on the subject at the university in 2013 and followed that up by having five of their distinguished panelists turn their talks into papers for this book Along with reprinting a number of the actual documents Snowden brought to light, this book represents a reader on the subject Roughly half the book is comprised of the five essays, while the reprinted documents are the remaining half The essays were very informative They describe what the NSA was doing e.g collecting telephone metadata , the issue of balance between security and privacy e.g how much privacy are you willing to give up to attain a measure of security , the political choices and ramifications e.g the hypocrisy of calling out China for cyber espionage while doing the same , and the legal foundation used or abused in such activities e.g did the NSA go farther than the Patriot Act allowed The key laws involved the Fourt
I couldn t get through this book it s a high level read and very technical IMO If you want to learn about Snowden this may not be the read for you unless you have a background in law, or are just not as slow as I am I wanted to rea
It a bit like a text book it goes into the Patriot act in great detail Its scary on a lot of levels when you get into the beuracrat mindset of logging ever call and web search of every individual and business call made eachday Be at ease about it only stored f
A good one year later commentary about the Snowden affair, as well as many important primary documents.
- 376 pages
- The Snowden Reader
- David P. Fidler
- 23 September 2018 David P. Fidler