A new study in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal found that traffic on Wikipedia articles considered “sensitive” or terror-related plummeted drastically in the immediate wake of revelations about broad NSA surveillance of Internet use.
This is the latest data to suggest NSA surveillance is having a chilling effect on the behavior of average individuals, who are increasingly afraid of reading about perfectly legal topics because they believe it might make them a target of the government.
The research is seen particularly likely to aid an ACLU lawsuit by Wikipedia against the NSA and Justice Department, showing that the nonprofit was indeed harmed by the American government’s increasingly aggressive surveillance schemes.
A study last month from Wayne State University had similarly provided evidence that Americans are increasingly unwilling to express “controversial” views online if they believe those views are likely to be seen by the government.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- House: No Authorization for US to Attack Iran - May 25th, 2018
- Report: Israel Struck Syria Airbase to Target Hezbollah Members - May 25th, 2018
- Pompeo Assures South Korea That US Is Committed to Denuclearization - May 25th, 2018
- South Korea Disappointed at Abrupt US Decision to Cancel Kim Summit - May 25th, 2018
- Trump, Mattis Say June 12 Summit With North Korea Could Still Happen - May 25th, 2018