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Heidi Boghosian: Spying on Democracy

Heidi Boghosian
Monday, February 10, 2014 - 20:00
New Vic Theatre, 33 W. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara

In Spying on Democracy, National Lawyers Guild Executive Director Heidi Boghosian documents the disturbing increase in surveillance of ordinary citizens and the danger it poses to our privacy, our civil liberties, and to the future of democracy itself. Boghosian reveals how technology is being used to categorize and monitor people based on their associations, their movements, their purchases, and their perceived political beliefs. She shows how corporations and government intelligence agencies mine data from sources as diverse as surveillance cameras and unmanned drones to iris scans and medical records, while combing websites, email, phone records and social media for resale to third parties, including U.S. intelligence agencies.  Spying on Democracy is a timely, invaluable, and accessible primer for anyone concerned with protecting privacy, freedom, and the U.S. Constitution.

Heidi Boghosian is currently the Executive Director at the National Lawyers Guild, co-host of the civil liberties radio show “Law and Disorder,” on Pacifica's WBAI in New York and over 40 national affiliates.  She is the author of Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance (2013), Punishing Protest: Government Tactics that Suppress Free Speech (2007), and The Assault on Free Speech, Public Assembly, and Dissent: A National Lawyers Guild Report on Government Violations of First Amendment Rights in the United States (2004).

She received her JD from Temple Law School where she was the editor-in-chief of the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review.  She also holds an MS from Boston University and a BA from Brown University.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 16:15