WWI and the Last Days of Privacy

WWI and the Last Days of Privacy

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Where did the erosion of privacy in America get its start? The government has been collecting data for many years. The conditions leading to the last days of privacy really have their roots in the World War I era, when fascism and communism were on the rise abroad and immigration was rising at home. Listen to the episode to hear more about World War I and the last days of privacy.

Some highlights of today’s episode include:

  • Where mass data collection by the government got its start
  • How fear, paranoia, and misinformation led to distrust of immigrants and outsiders
  • The passage of the Espionage Act, the law under which Edward Snowden would be prosecuted if he returns to the US
  • How President Wilson’s reasons for the Espionage Act were similar to the rational that led to the passage of the Patriot Act and the election of Donald Trump
  • The beginnings of a global communication network and how that allowed for propaganda campaigns and yellow journalism

Links and Resources:

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