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State's adoption of intrusive technology and threats to democracy - A talk by Seema Chishti

Submitted Dec 21, 2021

Surveillance and the adoption of intrusive technology by the state must matter much more to common citizens than it does. In the matter of Pegasus, there is perhaps no other country where such a wide cast of characters and people central to keeping democracy alive are alleged to have been surveilled. There is now a court-nominated committee to look into the allegations. But there should be much more attention and alarm over the state using cyber-weapons on its people. I will elaborate on how and why this has the potential to upend democracy and lays the framework for a bigger surrender as citizens to a much more powerful tech-powered state in the near future.


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