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[liberationtech] Minorities & privacy/surveillance

Shava Nerad shava23 at
Wed Feb 25 23:58:24 PST 2015

Have you looked for information specifically on COINTELPRO and the civil
rights movement?  It might not be indexed under surveillance (a good deal
of the activity was sabotage and harrasment, too) but having grown up under
the FBI's eye, it's hard to imagine there isn't literature.

Part of the problem with scholarship on the surveillance in that generation
is the conditioning to not speak out on the part of many subjects (for many
reasons), and also the combination of a lack of records laws and FOIA means
that even redacted records of surveillance may not have been retained.
>From what I understand the richness of records retained varied literally on
an agent by agent basis -- a packrat (or possibly CYA) factor.

Shava Nerad
shava23 at
On Feb 24, 2015 11:24 AM, "Yosem Companys" <companys at> wrote:

> From: Rebecca Slayton <rs849 at>
> One of my students would like to do a term paper on minority attitudes
> towards privacy/surveillance, but we are finding very little literature on
> this (maybe two articles that address the issue directly). His focus is on
> African Americans and U.S. government surveillance, but I think information
> on the attitudes of any minority group, in any country, towards any type of
> surveillance, would be helpful in at least framing the issues. Does anybody
> know of good resources?
> Thanks in advance for any tips!
> Best,
> Rebecca
> Rebecca Slayton
> Assistant Professor, Cornell University
> Department of Science & Technology Studies
> Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies
> 334 Rockefeller Hall | Fax 607-255-6044
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