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Uncle Sam and Ma Bell Meet the KGB: The Hidden Hand of Security in Telecommunications Policy

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In the mid 1970's, the US was beginning the process of long distance telecommunication market deregulation. Unbeknownst to the public, Congress, or the FCC, the White House was waging a secret war to fend off the espionage efforts of the Soviet Union. The new microwave transmission technology being used by AT&T competitors such as MCI were vulnerable to interception. The White House feared that the interception of sensitive data would enable the Soviet Union to force US citizens to become agents. President Ford initiated a series of policies to defend US citizens from foreign surveillance while dramatically impacting US telecommunication policy. The direct result of a variety of factors led to hidden outcomes that shaped public telecommunications policy in the United States. Based up archival research, this work reveals the White House's determined effort to protect US citizens from foreign surveillance even as it was striving to protect their privacy with respect to their own government; a tension that exists to the present day.
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Laprise, John. "Uncle Sam and Ma Bell Meet the KGB: The Hidden Hand of Security in Telecommunications Policy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p440375_index.html>

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Laprise, J. P. "Uncle Sam and Ma Bell Meet the KGB: The Hidden Hand of Security in Telecommunications Policy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p440375_index.html

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Abstract: In the mid 1970's, the US was beginning the process of long distance telecommunication market deregulation. Unbeknownst to the public, Congress, or the FCC, the White House was waging a secret war to fend off the espionage efforts of the Soviet Union. The new microwave transmission technology being used by AT&T competitors such as MCI were vulnerable to interception. The White House feared that the interception of sensitive data would enable the Soviet Union to force US citizens to become agents. President Ford initiated a series of policies to defend US citizens from foreign surveillance while dramatically impacting US telecommunication policy. The direct result of a variety of factors led to hidden outcomes that shaped public telecommunications policy in the United States. Based up archival research, this work reveals the White House's determined effort to protect US citizens from foreign surveillance even as it was striving to protect their privacy with respect to their own government; a tension that exists to the present day.


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