Thursday, February 08, 2024

Spying Through a Glass Darkly: The Ethics of Espionage and Counter-Intelligence

Chinese Nationals Fastest Growing Group of Border Crossers.

Buying Spying: How the commercial surveillance industry works and what can be done about it

Google: “Spyware is typically used to monitor and collect data from high-risk users like journalists, human rights defenders, dissidents and opposition party politicians. These capabilities have grown the demand for spyware technology, making way for a lucrative industry used to sell governments and nefarious actors the ability to exploit vulnerabilities in consumer devices. Though the use of spyware typically only affects a small number of human targets at a time, its wider impact ripples across society by contributing to growing threats to free speech, the free press and the integrity of elections worldwide. To shine a light on the spyware industry, today, Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) is releasing Buying Spying, an in-depth report with our insights into Commercial Surveillance Vendors (CSVs). TAG actively tracks around 40 CSVs of varying levels of sophistication and public exposure. The report outlines our understanding of who is involved in developing, selling, and deploying spyware, how CSVs operate, the types of products they develop and sell, and our analysis of recent activity.”



Freedom of Speech by Jeffrey W. Howard.

Intertheory Relations in Physicsby Patricia Palacios.


Richard Sylvan [Routley] by Dominic Hyde, Filippo Casati, and Zach Weber.

Biological Individuals by Robert A. Wilson and Matthew J. Barker.

Church’s Type Theory by Christoph Benzmüller and Peter Andrews.

IEP       ∅    


The Future of the World Is Open: Encounters with Lea Melandri, Luisa Muraro, Adriana Cavarero, and Rossana Rossanda by Elvira Roncalli is reviewed by Chiara Bottici.

Aristotle’s De Motu Animalium: A New Critical Edition of the Greek Text by Oliver Primavesi, translated by Benjamin Morison is reviewed by Pavel Gregoric.

Laisser Être et Rendre Puissant by Tristan Garcia is reviewed by Oliver Feltham.

1000-Word Philosophy    

Seemings: Justifying Beliefs Based on How Things Seem by Kaj André Zeller.

Project Vox     

Mary Astell, Philosopher of Education by Michael Vazquez.

Open-Access Book Reviews in Academic Philosophy Journals     ∅ 

Recent Philosophy Book Reviews in Non-Academic Media     

A Terribly Serious Adventure: Philosophy and War at Oxford, 1900-1960 by Nikhil Krishnan is reviewed by Michael Dirda at The Washington Post.

Spying Through a Glass Darkly: The Ethics of Espionage and Counter-Intelligence by Cécile Fabre is reviewed by Tamsin Shaw at The New York Review of Books.

Failures of Forgiveness: What We Get Wrong and How to Do Betterby Myisha Cherry is reviewed by Gregory Laski at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Compiled by Michael Glawson

BONUS: The epistemology of romance