New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship

Greenwald, Glenn

Publisher:  The Intercept
Date Written:  28/04/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19338

A newly published study from Oxford's Jon Penney provides empirical evidence for a key argument long made by privacy advocates: that the mere existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and conformity and stifles free expression. Reporting on the study, the Washington Post this morning described this phenomenon: "If we think that authorities are watching our online actions, we might stop visiting certain websites or not say certain things just to avoid seeming suspicious."