Anti-Surveillance Activists Take a Page From the NSA’s Playbook

Members of “We Are Always Listening” record public conversations, and post them online to protest government spying.

Image from the We Are Always Listening website.

An anonymous group of activists in New York surrepticiously placed tape recorders around the city and posted the recordings online, on a site called We Are Always Listening. The recordings feature conversations between unassuming subjects in public places such as parks, restaurants, and cafes. The project aims a critical eye at the NSA phone spying program, which a US appeals court recently deemed illegal.

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