Ethnographies of surveillance is interested in both the production of surveillance through organizational practices and the performance of legal governance or politics, as well as the everyday social interactions of actors with each other.
Month: January 2016
Various pieces by and with James Bamford
The NSA employs 30,000 people but also engages 60,000 contractors. A full 70% of the US Intelligence budget is spent by the private sector through about 80 corporations.
1996 Australia Venona papers released by the NSA
An agenda for the comparative study of intelligence: Yet another missing dimension
Networks and Resistance: Investigating Online advocacy networks as a modality for resisting state surveillance
An effective enactment of information politics will be an essential construitive element of a meta-surveillance network
Framing resistance challenges assumptions that opposition to surveillance is nearly always framed through a traditional civil liberties lens.
The East bloc won the spy wars but lost the Cold War
After all, what did the Cold War teach us, if not the fundamental instability of closed regimes?
Thanks to Fuchs, the Russians knew more about the British decision to build an independent nuclear weapon than most British cabinet ministers.
There is confusion between the distinct subjects of secrecy, privacy and anonymity.
The left was suspicious of the CIA , “not because it advanced American values, but because it stood in contradiction to them.”
Chapter 4 in The Rise and Fall of Intelligence
Describes intelligence alliances as ‘among the most intimate and enduring international security relationships’
Threat to cooperation between UK and USA was the UK’s close relationship with dominions, “A number of these states, notably Australia, had developed alarming security problems during the 1940s.”
Advocates for a new UKUSA agreement, with more partners
ASIO and Defence saw this as a chance to show their loyalty to Britain and the western intelligence “club”.
Under the facade of a democratic system, the work of secret police snoopers is to intimidate dissent elements. Under overt repression, such as fascism, they terrorise. There is no difference in basic purpose, only in degree.
Increasingly, those who control technology control information, and those who control information, manage consent
We are exiting a system of domination (slavery, obedience, alienation) and entering into expansive world of hegemony in which everyone becomes hostage and accomplice of the global power