NSA Surveillance: What We Know; What to Do About It

Conference
October 9, 2013 10:00AM
Hayek Auditorium
Keynote speakers: Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), member of the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence; Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI); Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI).  Panelists include: Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal; Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian; Barton Gellman, Washington Post; Charlie Savage, New York Times; Jameel Jaffer, ACLU; Laura Donohue, Georgetown University Law Center; David Lieber, Google; David Dahl, SpiderOak; Jim Burrows, Silent Circle; Bruce Schneier, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School; Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute; and Julian Sanchez, Research Fellow, Cato Institute.

Since June, news reports based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have revealed the depth and breadth of NSA surveillance activities. The NSA scandal’s many dimensions include: mass domestic surveillance of telephone call information; allegations that officials deceived Congress, the courts, and the public about the nature of the NSA’s programs; alleged access to the Internet’s backbone and the traffic of major Internet companies; and systematic efforts to undercut the use of the encryption that secures communications and financial information.

Please join us on October 9 at a conference focusing on these issues and more, featuring keynote addresses by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), and Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). Conference speakers and panels will explore the reporting challenges, legal issues, technology and business dimensions, and potential for reforms related to NSA surveillance.

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9:30 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 11:00 Morning Keynote: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)


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11:00 – 12:00 Press Panel


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Moderator: Julian Sanchez
Research Fellow, Cato Institute

Bart Gellman, Washington Post
Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian
Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal
Charlie Savage, New York Times

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Keynote: Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)


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1:00 – 2:00 Law Panel


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Moderator: Jim Harper
Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute

Jameel Jaffer, American Civil Liberties Union
Laura Donohue Georgetown Law
Paul Rosenzweig, Heritage Foundation
David Lieber, Google

2:00 – 3:00 Technology Panel


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Moderator: Julian Sanchez, Research Fellow, Cato Institute

Karen Reilly, The Tor Project
Matt Blaze, University of Pennsylvania
Jim Burrows, Silent Circle
Chris Soghoian, American Civil Liberties Union
David Dahl, SpiderOak

3:00 – 3:30 Afternoon Keynote: Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)


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3:30 – 4:30 Reform Panel


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Moderator: Julian Sanchez, Research Fellow, Cato Institute

Michelle Richardson, American Civil Liberties Union
Bruce Schneier, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School
Kevin Bankston, Center for Democracy and Technology
John Mueller, The Ohio State University; Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

4:30 – 5:00 Reception