The 2016 Cato Surveillance Conference

Conference
December 14, 2016
10:00AM to 6:30PM EST
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

Eight years ago, Barack Obama arrived in Washington pledging to reverse the dramatic expansion of state surveillance his predecessor had presided over in the name of fighting terrorism. Instead, the Obama administration saw the Bush era’s “collect it all” approach to surveillance become still more firmly entrenched. Meanwhile, the advanced spying technologies once limited to intelligence agencies have been gradually trickling down to local police departments. From the high-profile tussle between Apple and the FBI over smartphone encryption to debates over how to detect “lone wolf” terrorists before they strike, hard questions about modern privacy have figured prominently in the 2016 presidential race. Moreover, as WikiLeaks’ sensational release of hacked Democratic Party e-mails demonstrated, surveillance isn’t just a campaign issue: It’s a campaign tactic too. As the nation braces itself for a new presidential administration, the Cato Institute will gather technologists, legislators, activists, and intelligence officials to survey the privacy landscape, look ahead to the issues Americans will be debating over the next eight years — from government hacking to predictive “big data” to the “Internet of things” — and examine how and whether Americans can still live at least occasionally free from prying eyes.


9:00 - 9:15AM WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Julian Sanchez, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
9:15 - 10:30AM PANEL – INTELLIGENCE UNDER A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

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Moderator: Shane Harris, Wall Street Journal
Susan Hennessey, Fellow, Brookings Institution
Timothy Edgar, Visiting Fellow, Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs at Brown University
Carrie Cordero, Former Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Department of Justice
Matthew Olsen, Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center
10:30 - 10:45AM BREAK
10:45 - 12:00PM PANEL – GOVERNMENT HACKING

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Ellen Nakashima, National Security Reporter, Washington Post
Amie Stepanovich, U.S. Policy Manager, AccessNow
Kevin Bankston, Director, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation
Matt Blaze, Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
Richard Downing, Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Division, U.S. Department of Justice
12:00 - 1:10PM LUNCH KEYNOTE – SURVEILLANCE OF COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

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Wade Henderson, President, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
1:10 - 1:35PM FLASH TALKS – WATCHING THE WATCHERS

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Improving Intelligence Oversight
Nathan Leamer, Policy Analyst, R Street Institute

Surveillance and the Role of Technology Companies
Mieke Eoyang, Vice President for National Security Program, Third Way

1:35 - 2:50PM

PANEL – COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM

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Patrick Eddington, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute
Michael German, Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice
Maya Berry, Executive Director, Arab American Institute
Sharia Mayfield, Staff Attorney, Oregon Department of Justice
Luther Reynolds, Assistant Chief, Montgomery County Police Department
Arjun Singh Sethi, Director of Law & Policy, Sikh Coalition
2:50 - 3:15PM

FLASH TALKS – LOCAL SURVEILLANCE

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Ways to Use and Misuse Facial Recognition With Police Body Cameras
Jake Laperruque, Privacy Fellow, Constitution Project

How Police Monitor Social Media
Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University

3:15 - 3:30PM BREAK
3:30 - 4:00PM FLASH TALKS – SURVEILLANCE IN A BORDERLESS WORLD

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Schrems and the International Backlash Against U.S. Surveillance
Alan Butler, Senior Counsel, Electronic Privacy Information Center

When Can Law Enforcement Seize Data Across Borders?
Jennifer Daskal, Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

4:00 - 5:00PM DIALOGUE: THE STATE OF SURVEILLANCE

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Moderator: Charlie Savage, New York Times
Jennifer Granick, Director of Civil Liberties, Center for Internet & Society at Stanford University
Alexander W. Joel, Civil Liberties Protection Officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

5:00 - 5:30PM CLOSING REMARKS

Marc Zwillinger, Founder, ZwillGen PLLC
5:30PM RECEPTION