Journalism After Snowden: Normalizing Surveillance
The default business model for the internet - free services and content supported by targeted advertising - has created a situation where internet users expect to be surveilled at all times by a complex web of large corporations. In trying to produce digital public spheres that enable broad participation in debate and in making high quality news accessible to large audiences, we may have adopted a revenue model that normalizes surveillance to a point where it is invisible, inoffensive and simply accepted by most online users. Does the normalization of commercial surveillance help explain the mixed reaction Americans have had towards revelations of widespread government surveillance by Snowden and other whistleblowers?
Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at MIT's Media Lab. Ethan's research focuses on issues of internet freedom, civic engagement through digital tools and international connections through media. He blogs at http://ethanzuckerman.com/blog and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts.
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This lecture series is part of a book project titled Journalism After Snowden: The Future of Free Press in the Surveillance State, which will be published by Columbia University Press in the Fall of 2015.
The Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Information Society Project of Yale Law School have partnered to present this series of 4 lectures as part of the larger Journalism After Snowden project this Fall.
Journalism After Snowden, funded by The Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a yearlong series of events, research projects and writing from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism in collaboration with Columbia Journalism Review.