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One Nation Under Surveillance: A New Social Contract to Defend Freedom Without Sacrificing Liberty

Simon Chesterman


What limits, if any, should be placed on a government's efforts to spy on its citizens in the interests of national security? Spying on foreigners has long been regarded as an unseemly but necessary enterprise. Spying on one's own citizens in a democracy, by contrast, has historically been subject to various forms of legal and political restraint. For most of the twentieth century these regimes were kept distinct. That position is no longer tenable. Modern threats do not respect national borders. Changes in technology make it impractical to distinguish between ‘foreign’ and ‘local’ communicati ... More

Keywords: citizens, national security, national borders, technology, communications, culture, government, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199674954
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199674954.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Chesterman, author
Global Professor and Director of the New York University School of Law Singapore Programme, and Vice Dean and Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore.