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Burton H. Brody Prize Paper (C. Jolls, L. Brilmayer, R. Siegel) (best paper on constitutional privacy)


When people think of surveillance, they think of the government. They think of Closed-Circuit Television cameras (CCTVs). They think of wiretaps. They think of law enforcement, of the police, and of the FBI. The more technologically savvy among us might worry about biometric surveillance and radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology.[1] We all think Orwell and 1984 and Big Brother. Surveillance comes from the French word for “watching over,”[2] which is exactly what we think the government is doing: watching. This watching and listening is all reflexively—instinctively—a violation of our privacy, and it puts us on edge.

[1] For a list of modern surveillance techniques, see Wikipedia’s article on surveillance, Surveillance, Wikipedia,

[2] Id.

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