Ph.D. Student Lawrence Cappello: ‘Can Government Function Without Privacy?’

In a prominent essay for The Atlantic, Ph.D. student Lawrence Cappello (History) describes how the release of Hillary Clinton’s emails signals a sharp break from the confidentiality traditionally afforded to top officials.
 
“Not all secrets are nefarious,” Cappello writes. “It’s not that cut-and-dried: Secrets can be incredibly useful to democratic government. They’re what created the Constitution. And what could be more American than that?”
 
Cappello’s work centers on 19th- and 20th-century American intellectual, political, and cultural history, particularly the history of privacy in the United States. In May, he published a piece in The Nation about privacy and profit in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks.

Submitted on: NOV 2, 2015

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