The Impact of the USA Patriot Act on Social Diversity in Cyberspace

The Impact of the USA Patriot Act on Social Diversity in Cyberspace

Marc Jung-Whan de Jong (University of Southern California, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-774-4.ch006
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Abstract

The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT Act) of 2001 has increased the surveillance and investigative powers of law enforcement in the United States. While the Patriot Act serves to protect American society and interests abroad, critics suggest that it does not provide sufficient checks and balances to safeguard the civil liberties of U.S. citizens. This chapter assesses both of these claims: how the USA Patriot Act protects U.S. national security and through self-censorship over privacy concerns may affect sociopolitical and cultural diversity in cyberspace.

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