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Description - The Soft Cage by Christian Parenti

On a typical day, you might make a call on a cell phone, withdraw money at an ATM, visit the mall, and make a purchase with a credit card. Each of these routine transactions leaves a digital trail for government agencies and businesses to access. As cutting-edge historian and journalist Christian Parenti points out, these everyday intrusions on privacy, while harmless in themselves, are part of a relentless (and clandestine) expansion of routine surveillance in American life over the last two centuries-from controlling slaves in the old South to implementing early criminal justice and tracking immigrants. Parenti explores the role computers are playing in creating a whole new world of seemingly benign technologies-such as credit cards, website "cookies," and electronic toll collection-that have expanded this trend in the twenty-first century. The Soft Cage offers a compelling, vitally important history lesson for every American concerned about the expansion of surveillance into our public and private lives.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465054855
ISBN-10: 0465054854
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 286
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 3-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Christian Parenti

Christian Parenti is the author of Lockdown America. His writing appears regularly in The Nation, the San Diego Union Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from the London School of Economics and is currently a Soros Senior Justice Fellow at the Open Society Institute and a fellow at the centre for the Study of Place, Culture and Politics, CUNY Graduate centre. He lives in Brooklyn.

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