The 2014 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference

Never in human history have people been more connected than they are today — nor have they been more thoroughly monitored. Over the past year, the disclosures spurred by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have drawn public attention to the stunning surveillance capabilities of the American intelligence community, and the unprecedented volume of data they collect from millions of people around the world. Cato’s inaugural Surveillance Conference featured a diverse array of experts: top journalists and privacy advocates; lawyers and technologists; intelligence officials; and those who’ve been targets of surveillance, culminating in a surprise appearance by Edward Snowden himself.

The Evolution of Charter School Quality

The role of charter schools in improving academic achievement is controversial, and existing evidence has led to contrasting conclusions about appropriate future policies. Past incongruous findings provide support for both advocates and opponents of charter schools.  New research by Patrick Baude, Marcus Casey, Eric A. Hanushek, and Steven G. Rivkin on charter school quality in Texas brings new evidence to bear on these important issues.  Their analysis clearly indicates that charter school quality has improved over time.

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Torture Report Is a Long-Overdue First Step

The Senate Intelligence Committee has finally released its summary of the CIA’s use of torture since 9/11. So what have we learned?  According to Cato scholar Patrick G. Eddington, the report’s release is a long-overdue first step: “Whether as federal employees or political appointees, CIA personnel took an oath to uphold the laws of the United States. Instead, they chose to engage in acts that clearly violated those laws, including international treaties banning the use of torture to which the United States is not only a signatory, but a putative leader as well.”

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January 29

Can We End Poverty?

Featuring John Allison, President, Cato Institute; John McWhorter, Center for American Studies, Columbia University; Michael D. Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Ron Haskins, Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, Budgeting for National Priorities Project; Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and President, PolicyLink; Christopher Wimer, Co-Director, Center on Poverty and Social Policy; Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute; Jo Kwong, Director of Economic Opportunity Programs, Philanthropy Roundtable; Harriet Karr-McDonald, Executive Vice President, Doe Fund; Robert Woodson, Founder and President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise; David Beito, Professor of American History, University of Alabama; and Mauricio Lim Miller, Founder, President and CEO, Family Independence Initiative.

8:30am Columbia University

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