Civil Liberties, Privacy, and National Security: A Conversation with The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Special Event
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

How should we strike the right balance between national security and privacy and civil liberties in federal counterterrorism programs? Join members of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to discuss the importance of government transparency regarding counterterrorism efforts, international issues raised by US surveillance programs, the impact of NSA programs on US industry and the Internet, and the Board’s role going forward.

The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is a bipartisan independent federal agency. Chairman David Medine and board members Rachel Brand, Elisebeth Collins Cook, and James Dempsey will discuss the Board's recent report and recommendations on the NSA telephony metadata program and reform of the operations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Reception to follow.

Advance registration required.


Commentators:

Susan Landau is a senior staff privacy analyst at Google. She was previously a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, where she worked in cybersecurity, privacy, and public policy. Landau was a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Wesleyan University. She has held visiting positions at Harvard, Cornell, and Yale, and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. Landau is the author of Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies (MIT Press, 2011), and co-author of Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption (MIT Press, 1998, rev. ed. 2007). She has written numerous computer science and public policy papers and op-eds on cybersecurity and encryption policy, and she has testified in Congress on the security risks of wiretapping and on cybersecurity activities at NIST's Information Technology Laboratory. Landau currently serves on the Computer Science Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. A 2012 Guggenheim fellow, Landau was a 2010-2011 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the recipient of the 2008 Women of Vision Social Impact Award, and is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Computing Machinery. She received her BA from Princeton, her MS from Cornell, and her PhD from MIT.

Anne Joseph O'Connell is associate dean for faculty development and research and professor of law at the UC Berkeley School of Law. She teaches administrative law, civil procedure, and e-discovery. She has also taught a graduate seminar on politics, economics, and law of administrative agencies in UC Berkeley's Department of Political Science. O'Connell has written on a number of topics, including the qualifications and tenure of agency officials, vacancies in agency positions, patterns of agency rulemaking, agency design and reorganization, agency oversight, and science and the law. Her publications have appeared (or are forthcoming) in the American Political Science Review, California Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Southern California Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Texas Law Review, and Virginia Law Review, among others.

Lee Tien is a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in free speech law, including intersections with intellectual property law and privacy law. Before joining EFF, Tien was a sole practitioner specializing in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation. Tien has published articles on children's sexuality and information technology, anonymity, surveillance, and the first amendment status of publishing computer software. Lee received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University, where he was very active in journalism at the Stanford Daily. After working as a news reporter at the Tacoma News Tribune for a year, Tien went to law school at Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley; he also did graduate work at UC Berkeley in jurisprudence and social policy.


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