In the same week the New York City police officers raided Columbia University to crack down on pro-Palestinian protestors, revelations came to light that federal agencies have been tracking these protestors for months by datamining their social media posts and message boards. These technologies could be used to spy on you.

In today’s bonus episode of Lever Time, Byron Tau, author of Means of Control: How the Hidden Alliance of Tech and Government Is Creating a New American Surveillance State, explains the decades-long relationship between Big Tech and the intelligence community. Tau explores why personal privacy may be an ideal of a bygone era, and reveals just how far-reaching the government’s surveillance capabilities are — at home and abroad.

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