Privacy in the Modern Age

The threats to privacy in today’s world are well know: anything from credit card information being stolen from retailers to social media designers changing our privacy settings when it pleases, the invasion of privacy is being redefined by technological advancements. Privacy in the Modern Age (The New Press,2015), edited by Marc Rotenburg, Julia Horwitz, and Jeramie Scott contains essays by contributors who don’t simply describe these problems or warn about the loss of privacy — they propose solutions. This essay by Deborah Hurley explores technology as a human right, how technology is invading our privacy, and what can be done to change this privacy invasion.


The Red Web: In Putin’s Russia, Internet watches you

While the Soviet Union may be long gone, much of its mentality still lingers. A desire for control continues to motivate the Kremlin to impose an authoritarian regime not only in Russian media and politics, but especially on the Internet. Fighting Moscow’s online regime has proven to be a herculean—possibly even futile—task.

This is the sobering conclusion in The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and The New Online Revolutionaries by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan.

The two veteran Russian journalists have closely examined the inner workings of digital politics in their homeland for decades….

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