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Liberty and Justice in a Surveillance State

The Economist’s Jon Fasman previews his new book, “We See it All,” in an exclusive conversation with Council members on the legal, political, and moral implications on the rise of surveillance state powers in the US and across the world.
A man wearing a face mask walks past surveillance cameras following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, China
Jon Fasman
Toni Irving
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From facial recognition and Ring home cameras to “Stingray” interception and predictive algorithms, the pandemic and social unrest have fast-tracked the use of many Orwellian technologies. Now, local police, through federal investigators across the globe, have new access to sweeping methods of high-tech social surveillance and control. Last year’s demonstrations over racial inequities and the January 6 riots in Washington have intensified concerns over citizen privacy, liberty, and civil rights given the growing use of surveillance technology. How much state surveillance and control are citizens in democracies willing to tolerate in the name of public safety? How do the methods here in the US compare to the tactics used in other parts of the world, including China?

Copies of Jon Fasman's book, We See It All: Liberty and Justice in an Age of Perpetual Surveillance, are available to purchase through our local book partner, The Book Cellar.

About the Speakers
Jon Fasman
US Digital Editor, The Economist
Fasman, Jon
Jon Fasman is the US digital editor at The Economist, having previously been South-East Asia bureau chief and Atlanta correspondent. He has written in depth on Indonesian politics and development, the gambling business, Mekong River development, and how technology is altering the criminal-justice system.
Fasman, Jon
Nonresident Fellow, Global Cities
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Dr. Toni Irving is a nonresident fellow of global cities, with decades of experience across multiple interconnected responsibilities in finance, healthcare, academia, consulting, government, philanthropy, and nonprofit management. She currently serves as the Frank M. Sands Sr. Professor of Practice at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
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