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A newly published study from Oxford’s Jon Penney provi... evidence for a key argument long made by privacy advocat... existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and confor... free expression. Reporting on the study, the Washington ... described this phenomenon: “If we think that authoriti...

https://theintercept.com/...rveillance-breeds-meekness-fear-and-self-censorship/

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A newly published study from Oxford’s Jon Penney provides empirical evidence for a key argument long made by privacy advocates: that the mere existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and conformity and stifles free expression. Reporting on the study, the Washington Post this morning described this phenomenon: “If we think that authorities are watching our online actions, we might stop visiting certain websites or not say certain things just to avoid seeming suspicious.”