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History

Germany’s Stasi Culture and Its Relevance Today

February 25, 2021

Think of the psychological effects a pervasive system such as the Stasi state must have had on the population. It speaks to the paranoia that builds up once you start to think that some enormous, invisible, sinister organization is out to get you. […]

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Surveillance: Types, Uses, and Abuses

February 18, 2021

We need to think about the balance between transparency and effectiveness. Effective oversight of the surveillance state requires the surveillers to be at least somewhat transparent. At the same time, complete transparency would easily frustrate legitimate security objectives. […]