The Post-Snowden Era

The Post-Snowden Era

Mass Surveillance and Privacy in New Zealand

Surveillance is confusing. Should we give up on expecting privacy because we're all being watched, or stop worrying because it's all exaggerated? Actually, neither of those is right. A much better idea is to find a book that is sane, well researched and easy to read, so you understand, don't fear needlessly, and can do something about the things that are wrong. A book like this one. Nicky Hager

Revelations about the nature and extent of global surveillance programs have shocked many. But what are their implications in the long term – and for New Zealand? Mapping New Zealand’s role in international intelligence-gathering from the Second World War to the present day, Kathleen Kuehn asks probing questions about the behaviour of both the state and corporations in our current ‘surveillance society’. Ultimately these questions force us to confront the way we value our individual privacy and civil liberties, for – as we often hear – why should any of this matter if we have nothing to hide?

Kathleen appeared earlier this year in the documentary I SPY (With My 5 Eyes) - see, #ISPYdoc

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2016
Pages: 160
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780908321070
ISTC: A022015000000037
DOI: 10.7810/9780908321070

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'There’s a bigger brother watching you - and profiting from it', Kathleen Kuehn, Newsroom, 20 April 2018.

'There’s a bigger brother watching you - and profiting from it', Kathleen Kuehn, Newsroom, 15 April 2018.

'Surveillance expert critical of Wellington's CCTV and sensor system', Emma Hurley, Newshub, 29 May 2017.

'Mass surveillance and privacy in New Zealand - Kathleen Kuehn interviewed by Graeme Hill ' Radio Live, 22 January 2017

'Book extract: Surveillance in the Post-Snowden era – Part 1' Kathleen Kuehn, National Business Review, January 2017

'Kathleen M Kuehn: New Zealand risks being complicit in Trump administration abuses' The Dominion Post, 14 December 2016

'Why the unequal distribution of information is scarier than mass surveillance, hackers and internet pirates', Jenée Tibshraeny,, 13 December 2016

'Kathleen Kuehn - The surveillance society', Sunday Morning, Radio New Zealand, 11 December 2016

Listen to Kathleen Kuehn discuss her upcoming BWB Text on Radio NZ with Wallace Chapman