2018 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference

Conference
December 14, 2018
9:00AM to 5:30PM EST
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

The legendary spymaster James Jesus Angleton called the world of intelligence a “wilderness of mirrors,” and rarely has that description seemed as apt as it does in 2018. President Donald Trump rails against a “deep state” embedded within the very intelligence agencies over which he now presides—even as former intelligence leaders claim that it’s Trump who has sought to politicize intelligence. In U.S. v. Carpenter, the Supreme Court handed down a seminal Fourth Amendment ruling that could dramatically reshape electronic privacy law—but what it will mean in practice remains radically uncertain. Meanwhile, technology companies ranging from social media platforms to manufacturers of the connected devices that constitute the “Internet of Things” have struggled with how to balance users’ privacy against their own business interests and the surveillance demands of governments around the world.

Join the Cato Institute—and an array of top experts, technologists, and policymakers—for a probing examination of these issues and many more as we seek to navigate the wilderness.

Schedule

9:00 - 9:05AM WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Julian Sanchez, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

9:05 - 10:20AM DONALD TRUMP AND THE “DEEP STATE”

Michael Glennon, Tufts University
Susan Hennessey, Brookings Institution & Lawfare
Kate Martin, Center for American Progress
April Falcon Doss, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Patrick Eddington, Moderator, Cato Institute

10:20 - 10:35AM COFFEE BREAK

10:35 - 12:00PM FLASH TALKS

Looking for a Backdoor Down Under: Australia’s War on Encryption
Sharon Bradford Franklin, New America

Who’s Watching the Kids: Social Media Surveillance of Students
Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Brennan Center for Justice

A Million Little Eyes: Building Networks for Facial Recognition Surveillance
Jake LaPerruque, Project on Government Oversight

Spot the Surveillance: A Virtual Reality Tool
Dave Maass, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Low-Hanging Fruit: Evidence-Based Solutions to the Digital Evidence Challenge
Jennifer Daskal, American University

12:00 - 1:15PM LUNCH

1:15 - 1:30PM FLASH TALKS

Privacy Not Included: Rating the Creep-Factor of Networked Appliances
Heather West, Mozilla

1:30 - 2:45PM PANOPTICON OF THINGS: NETWORKED APPLIANCES AS SURVEILLANCE DEVICES

Andrew Ferguson, University of the District of Columbia
Hannah Quay-de la Vallee, Center for Democracy and Technology
Heather West, Mozilla

Matthew Feeney, Moderator, Cato Institute

2:45 - 3:45PM FLASH TALKS

Watching the Watchers—Facebook Transparency Edition
Alexandra Galloway, Facebook

Watching the Watchers—Google Transparency Edition
David Lieber, Google

Watching the Watchers—FOIA Transparency Edition
Jesse Franzblau, Open the Government

New Proposals for Law Enforcement Access to Encrypted Communications
Matthew Green, Johns Hopkins University

3:45 - 4:00PM BREAK

4:00 - 5:15PM SECURING JOURNALISM IN AN AGE OF SURVEILLANCE

Spencer Ackerman, Daily Beast
Olivia Martin, Freedom of the Press Foundation
Rob Mahoney, Committee to Protect Journalists
Jack Gillum, ProPublica

Julian Sanchez, Moderator, Cato Institute

5:15 - 5:30PM CLOSING REMARKS

Julian Sanchez, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

5:30PM RECEPTION AND TOUR OF “TREVOR PAGLEN: SITES UNSEEN” EXHIBITION AT THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM


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