This book investigates the impact of the spread of digital technologies and practices, especially mass surveillance, on privacy and personhood. Lindau argues that the quest for prediction, certainty, and control at the heart of the state's security apparatus destroys an essential component of human dignity and fundamentally undermines liberalism.
Juan D. Lindau is professor of Political Science at Colorado College. He primarily teaches courses on Comparative Politics and Latin American Politics and actively participates, outside the department, in the History/Political Science major and the International Political Economy major. His primary scholarly interests are the drug war, migration, and the impact of the internet and digital technology on politics. He has written articles and essays for Political Science Quarterly and for Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, Foro Internacional, and for the International Political Science Review as well as for a number of edited collections. He is the author of La elite gobernante mexicana (Mexico D.F.: Joaquin Mortiz, 1993) and co-editor, with Timothy Cheek, of Market Economics and Political Change: Comparing China and Mexico (Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield, 1998). In addition, with Curtis Cook, he edited Aboriginal Right and Self-Government: The Canadian Experience in North American Perspective (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2000). He has received the Lloyd E. Worner Teacher of the Year award and the A.E. and Ethel Irene Carlton Professorship.