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Eyes in the Sky

Audiobook
Nonfiction: Politics & Current Events
Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/18/2019

F O R T H C O M I N G ! Available June

Eyes in the Sky

The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684573561
Digital Download ISBN:9781684573578

Summary

The fascinating history and unnerving future of high-tech aerial surveillance, from its secret military origins to its growing use on American citizens.

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The fascinating history and unnerving future of high-tech aerial surveillance, from its secret military origins to its growing use on American citizens.

Eyes in the Sky is the authoritative account of how the Pentagon secretly developed a godlike surveillance system for monitoring America's enemies overseas, and how it is now being used to watch us in our own backyards. Whereas a regular aerial camera can only capture a small patch of ground at any given time, this system—and its most powerful iteration, Gorgon Stare—allow operators to track thousands of moving targets at once, both forwards and backwards in time, across whole city-sized areas. When fused with big-data analysis techniques, this network can be used to watch everything simultaneously, and perhaps even predict attacks before they happen.

In battle, Gorgon Stare and other systems like it have saved countless lives, but when this technology is deployed over American cities—as it already has been, extensively and largely in secret—it has the potential to become the most nightmarishly powerful visual surveillance system ever built. While it may well solve serious crimes and even help ease the traffic along your morning commute, it could also enable far more sinister and dangerous intrusions into our lives.

Reviews/Praise

“Compelling… Eyes in the Sky is that rare creature: a deeply reported and deftly written investigation that seeks to understand both the implications of a technology and the motivations of its creators. Holland Michel notes tensions between security and privacy without hyping them…. In the end, Eyes in the Sky transcends its title by using Gorgon Stare as a window into our future. And that is bleak.” —Nature Magazine

Author Bio

Arthur Holland Michel is a journalist, researcher, and founder/codirector of the Center for the Study of the Drone. He is coauthor of The Drone Primer: A Compendium of Key Issues and Drone Sightings and Close Encounters in the National Airspace.