Peter Maass is the author of "Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War," which chronicled his experiences covering the war in Bosnia, and "Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil," about the ways oil shapes the world. Maass has written in-depth magazine stories about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and other publications. He has taught at Princeton University, was a Visiting Regents Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, and a fellow at both the American Academy in Berlin and the Shorenstein Center at Harvard. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012 for his forthcoming book on revolution, video and surveillance.
When a D.C. video store revealed the Supreme Court nominee’s list of video rentals, it sparked a privacy backlash and a new law. Similarly, the Petraeus affair has put the government’s vast surveillance powers – even of elites – in a critical context.
The trade commission now says it was looking into Google "well before" the company was outed by published reports saying the company secretly tracked Internet users.
As the Senate considers a bill to strengthen the nation's cybersecurity, some questionable numbers keep creeping into the discussion.
Cellular systems constantly record the location of phones in their networks, data treasured by police and advertisers alike. The surveillance and privacy implications are simple: If someone knows where you are, they probably know what you are doing.
Hobbled by government filters, a withering budget and limited legal clout, the Federal Trade Commission struggles to police an army of data miners bent on exploiting our online footprints.
How saturation media coverage of the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue in Firdos Square fueled the perception that the war had been won and diverted attention from what in reality was just the start of a long and costly conflict.