The National Security Agency (NSA) is the main US agency for global monitoring, collection, decoding, translation and analysis of foreign intelligence data.
The agency buggs electronic systems, protects the U.S. government communications and information systems, collects and stores all phone records of all American citizens. Following revelations by NSA contractor Edward Snowden in 2013 there have been calls to curb the NSA's powers.
Arts.21 goes conspiratorial. How do artists fight against Big Brother? In addition, we present eloquent, exciting new novelists from Nigeria. In our series, "When We Were 17… Youth at the Crossroads,” we look at 1989, the year the Berlin Wall fell. And we’re in Berlin to report on how the Holocaust memorial is crumbling.
Our communications are monitored. Our phones are tapped and movements watched on security cameras - and not just by the NSA. Artists are using creative means to attack surveillance, countering espionage and the information monopoly in the digital age with ideas. An exhibition in Düsseldorf shows how we can all disappear into our own "dead zone" and why information is for everyone.