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Protecting What Matters: Technology, Security, and Liberty since 9/11 Paperback – March 29, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0815761259 ISBN-10: 0815761252

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press and the Computer Ethics Institute (March 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815761252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815761259
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,757,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Protecting What Matters gives readers an expert view of the tensions among security, liberty, and security in this post 9/11 world. Alternatively commending, condemning, and suggesting alternatives to current U.S. anti-terrorism policies and technology, the authors lay out the intricacies of the relationship among IT, freedom, security, ethics, and the law, in the context of fighting a new and unfamiliar enemy." —Natalie Kochmar, Privacy and American Business

About the Author

Clayton Northouse is an information policy analyst at OMB Watch and former program manager of the Computer Ethics Institute. Ramon Barquin is president of the Computer Ethics Institute and Barquin International. Jane Fishkin is chief information officer emerita at the Brookings Institution.

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Protecting What Matters: Technology, Security, and Liberty since 9/11 presents a thoughtful array of views on one of the critical issues of our time: balancing privacy and civil liberties with heightened security concerns in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In a learned and lucid introduction, Clayton Northouse displays an impressive legal, moral, and philosophical mastery of the various debates regarding national security and civil liberties. Beginning with an overview of the aborted 2001 Pentagon program TIA (Total Information Awareness), which planned to create an enormous database aiming to "provide the government with an all-seeing eye on the world," (3) the book's introduction discusses government attempts to strengthen national security, efforts that culminated in the 2001 PATRIOT Act. Northouse's introduction also situates our current debates about national security in the context of some two hundred years of American history. Beginning with President Adams' notorious Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, and reviewing similar actions taken by President Lincoln during the Civil War, the US Congress in 1917 in the midst of the World War I, and President Roosevelt in the tense weeks after the Pearl Harbor bombings, Northouse shows how in times of acute threat to American security, our government has repeatedly taken measures, often viewed as impulsive and myopic by the gaze of history, to increase surveillance, detain or persecute `threatening' people, and allow for stronger executive powers.Read more ›
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