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The History of Whistleblowers and Mass Surveillance, and the Story Behind Gamergate and How to Combat Online Hate

Pratap Chatterjee, Executive Director of CorpWatch,  and co-author of “Verax: The True History of Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare, and Mass Surveillance: A Graphic Novel:”

From a prize-winning journalist and the co-author of the best-selling Zahra’s Paradise, a sweeping graphic history of electronic surveillance from 9/11 to the latest drone strike 9/11 not only marked the worst domestic terror attack in U.S. history, but also unleashed electronic spying by the government on a massive worldwide scale. In a wholly original and engaging telling, Verax (“truth-teller” and one of Edward Snowden’s code names) recounts the full story of American electronic surveillance post 9/11, in brilliant comics form.

In the second half, we sit down with Zoe Quinn, independent game developers and target of the now infamous Gamergate online harassment campaign. Her new book is “Crash Override: How Gamergate Nearly Destroyed My Life and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate.” She shares her incredible story of how she persevered through harassment, intimidation, and threats against her life and family from online trolls.

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