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Technologies of SpeculationThe Limits of Knowledge in a Data-Driven Society$
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Sun-ha Hong

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479860234

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479860234.001.0001

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The Indefinite Archive

The Indefinite Archive

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Technologies of Speculation
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Sun-ha Hong

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479860234.003.0003

The Snowden affair dramatizes a growing contradiction: technologies such as the National Security Agency’s surveillance systems increasingly withdraw from public visibility, even as they promise better knowledge for a more rational public. This asymmetry provokes new patterns of paranoid and speculative politics, where the faith in transparency as disinfect places impossible expectations on the public to “know for themselves.”

Keywords:   Snowden, National Security Agency, Surveillance, Transparency, Paranoid

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