The Internet Is A Surveillance State By Bruce Schneier Summary

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In the article “The Internet is a surveillance state”, which appeared on CNN.com on March 16, 2013, Bruce Schneier claims the government can see our every move on the internet. He goes on to state, “Whether we admit it to ourselves or not, whether we like it or not, we’re being tracked at all times.” (55). He uses specific and persuasive examples from his work experience to share his thoughts and beliefs on a subject that not everyone is aware of, but the ones who do are usually chilled by it. This paper will analyze Schneier’s article from his view as an American security technologist, cryptologist, and author of “Liars and authors: Enabling the trust society needs to provide” (2012). The introductorily section of Bruce Schneier’s article states three specific examples of how the internet is …show more content…
When the bad guy gets caught, we’re relieved. The three samples he showed in the introduction of his article are prime examples of when internet monitoring is a necessity, and not just a way to know what recipe you looked up for dinner that night or what porn you are into. How do you draw the line between how much information attained through the means of spying is too much, and not enough? While it’s uncomfortable to know how our lives are displayed out to the government, it also protects us from terroristic threats and security breaches. Bruce Schneier’s article was very effective in informing the public on an issue that we all as a country should be aware of. He explained his argument in a very clear, detailed way by providing specific examples that furthered deepened and gave strength to his claim. Though he didn’t give any insight to the opposing argument on how internet surveillance is a good thing, this is a great piece showing some of the ugly regarding our internet and purchasing privacy. There may be mild exaggeration, but no one can deny we are living in a country completely devoid of privacy, and it’s only becoming more

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