An introduction to the history of state and corporate surveillance, opposition to it, and approaches to studying it, from the 1600s until the present. Topics include the creation of the early modern information state, the development of state statistics and policing, imperial forms of surveillance, surveillance in totalitarian regimes from Nazi Germany through the present, growth of electronic surveillance in the cold war especially in war zones, the transfer of military technologies to internal security and border control, surveillance of civil rights and anti-war movements, recent controversies around the NSA and GCQH, and the development of large scale state sanctioned hacking.
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