Research blog #7

“why the government needs to monitor our social media and how they do so?”

source 1-https://www.aclu.org/issues/national-security/privacy-and-surveillance

The source I chose has no specific author specified, but is a website owned by the American Civil Liberties Union. They are a well known organization that speaks for human rights and teaches the general public what rights they have.  The link I have is an article written by the website that mainly dives into the topic about why we should be worried that the government has so much information about us. It dives into what mischievous things the government does with the info known about us. They base their whole argument on the quote “History has shown that powerful, secret surveillance tools will almost certainly be abused for political ends and turned disproportionately on disfavored minorities.” This is definitely true if you look at past governments and is very scary to think about. The main target of all this surveillance is minority groups as stated on the website. Information is used in ways to violate our rights to privacy, free speech, due process, and association.

Source 2-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_government_mass_surveillance_projects

This second source isn’t as accredited as the first simply because it is wikipedia, however the information given on this source is very disturbing. It shows the list of all the major government surveillance projects going on around the world.It lists ten major countries and shows ways the government surveils its citizens. The most disturbing factor of this website in my own opinion is that the United States has the most surveillance over any of the other countries and has many programs that are happening without our knowledge. The one thing that stood out to me the most was, “NSA ANT catalog: a 50-page document listing technology available to the United States National Security Agency (NSA) ANT division to aid in cyber-surveillance.” There are 50 pages simply written of all the technology the government has to simply watch over us. There is no need to have that many items to watch over citizens. Something has to be wrong for that to be the case. There is definitely a lot more going on than meets the eye.

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