Let's talk about Edward Snowden and the NSA!
Our presenter is Kristie Macrakis, an author, historian and professor. After completing her Ph.D in the history of science at Harvard University, she spent a post-doctoral year in newly unified Berlin, Germany. She is a professor in the school of history, technology and society at Georgia Tech in Atlanta where she teaches courses on history of science, Nazi Germany and the history of espionage.
Ms. Macrakis has recently published the book "Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies". It is the first history of invisible ink and secret communications revealed in thrilling stories about scoundrels and heroes and their ingenious methods for concealing messages. She had previously written a book on the secret technical methods and sources of the Stasi (East German Ministry for State Security) as it stole secrets and spied on its own citizens.
Ms. Macrakis will be present historical information on spying and keeping information private through the use of secret communications. By understanding some history of spying and secret communications, we hopefully can make a better decision regarding the current situation with the NSA and make a better decision as to what limits should be placed on the NSA.
For excerpts from Ms. Macrakis recent book, read an article in Scientific America , Kirkus, or an 18 page excerpt in Amazon.com. The book covers the history of secret messaging all the way up to al-Qaeda’s hidden instructions in pornographic movies. This book presents spellbinding stories of secret messaging that chart its evolution in sophistication and its impact on history.
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