The article was about a national outcry over invasion of privacy resulting from the rapidly spreading network of cameras keeping watch over citizens around the country.
Askland compared the increase in surveillance to that of Eastern Europe before the fall of the Berlin Wall, when the government placed spies in the community and paid informants to identify potential dissenters. The end result, he said, could be censored conversations and a society in which people are afraid to offer their opinions.
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Askland teaches courses in Privacy and Economics and the Law. He also has research interests in Environmental Ethics and Bioethics and in Moral and Political Theory.