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|Robert Scheer: They Know Everything About You|
|Date||Thursday February 26|
|Time||7:30 PM - 9:30 PM|
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First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Data-collecting corporations and snooping government agencies are destroying democracy, insists Robert Scheer. The revelation that the federal government has full access to all phone records and the vast trove of presumably private personal data posted on the Internet has brought the threat of a surveillance society to the fore.
But the erosion of privacy rights extends far beyond big government. Big Business has long played a leading role in hollowing out our personal freedoms. In They Know Everything About You, Robert Scheer reveals how our most intimate habits, from private correspondence, book pages read, and lists of friends and phone conversations have been seamlessly combined in order to create detailed maps of individuals' social and biological DNA.
The Constitution's Fourth Amendment guarantee of the sovereignty of the individual -"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated"- is being treated as an irrelevant relic of a bygone civilization. Our freedom has been squandered in the dubious name of national security and consumer convenience. We must challenge, Scheer argues, the assumption that protecting national security demands sacrificing the constitutional rights of the individual.
Robert Scheer, former national affairs correspondent and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Truthdig and professor at U.S.C.'s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He is the author of many books, including The Great American Stickup.
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