New Choose Privacy Week Documentary: “Vanishing Liberties”

Choose Privacy Week, Privacy, Technology

On the final day of Choose Privacy Week 2012, the Office for Intellectual Freedom is excited to debut a new short documentary, “Vanishing Liberties: The Rise of State Surveillance in the Digital Age.

The documentary examines the government’s growing use of surveillance tools to track and spy on immigrant communities and the proposals to adopt these same tools to monitor and track the activities of all Americans.

The featured speakers ask important questions about the impact of the growing surveillance state on national security, civil liberties and privacy rights. They include Michael German, American Civil Liberties Union senior policy counsel for national security and privacy; Margaret Huang, executive director of the Rights Working Group; Paromita Shah, associate director of the National Immigration Project; Julia Shearson, executive director at Council on American Islamic Relations – Cleveland; and Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.  The producer and director of the film is Laura Zinger of 20KFilms.

The documentary is available for viewing as a streaming download at the Choose Privacy Week website,, or via these links to Vimeo or YouTube.  It’s our hope that well beyond Choose Privacy Week, libraries, schools, and community groups will watch the film and use it as a springboard for a discussion about privacy and surveillance in a digital age.

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