The Internet Is A Surveillance State By Bruce Schneier

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A Reading Analysis of “The Internet is a Surveillance State”
Have you ever thought about how easily a person could be caught inappropriately using the Internet. Considering all the many reasons people use the Internet, it is important to keep in mind that whatever is searched on the Internet or through social media is watched, a history is kept of every search. This essay is a reading analysis of the article entitled “The Internet is a
Surveillance State”, written by Bruce Schneier. This analysis includes a discussion of Bruce
Schneier’s experience with Internet surveillance, the significance of the date when this essay was written, and analyzing the argument as our assignment directed us. This analysis also includes a discussion of the author’s claim, the type of
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The leak caused many Americans to become suspicious of being watched through the
Internet. Knowing the date of the article helps the audience make connections to the events that where taking place in the world at the time the article was written.
In Schneier’s article, there is a claim of fact. “The Internet is a surveillance state.
Whether we admit it to ourselves or not, and whether we like it or not, we’re being tracked at all times” (Rottenberg and Winchell 55). A claim of fact is an assertion that something is true based upon events that can be proven (Rottenberg and Winchell 25). Schneier’s thesis statement was a claim that could be proven to be true or false. The details that supported Schneier’s claim are the three facts or “data points” provided at the beginning of the article 1) China’s military hacker accessed Facebook through the same network they used to plan attacks on their enemies;
2) Hector Monsegur was arrested for hacking computers; 3) Paula Broadwell had an affair with the former FBI director, David Petraeus. To cover up the affair, she used public computers to
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