Distinguished Lecture

NSA Spying, Snowden, and Sparking Change

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
Cindy Cohn, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Nicole Ozer, ACLU

NSA Spying, Snowden, and Sparking Change

NSA Spying, Snowden and Sparking Change: A Conversation with the ACLU & the EFF

Don’t miss what promises to be a very timely and engaging conversation with Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Nicole Ozer, technology and civil liberties director at the ACLU of Northern California.

We will be exploring the latest updates related to NSA spying — what we now know, what we still don’t know, and opportunities in Congress, the courts, companies, and in communities to rein in warrantless surveillance and better safeguard privacy and free speech.

Cindy Cohn is the legal director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation as well as its general counsel. She is responsible for overseeing the EFF’s overall legal strategy and supervising EFF’s fourteen staff attorneys. Ms. Cohn first became involved with the EFF in 1993, when the EFF asked her to serve as the outside lead attorney in Bernstein v. Dept. of Justice, the successful First Amendment challenge to the U.S. export restrictions on cryptography. Outside the courts, Ms. Cohn has testified before Congress, been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere for her work on digital rights and has traveled onto the Internet with Stephen Colbert. The National Law Journal named Ms. Cohn one of 100 most influential lawyers in America in 2013, noting: “[I]f Big Brother is watching, he better look out for Cindy Cohn.’

Nicole Ozer is the director of the Technology and Civil Liberties Project at the ACLU of Northern California and manages the organization’s work on new technology, privacy, and free speech. Nicole is a nationally recognized expert on issues at the intersection of consumer privacy and government surveillance and free speech and the Internet, is regularly quoted in print, television, and radio outlets, and has written several influential publications, including Privacy & Free Speech: It’s Good for Business, a primer of dozens of case studies and tips for baking safeguards into the business development process, and Putting Online Privacy Above the Fold: Building a Social Movement and Creating Corporate Change (NYU Review of Law & Social Change, 2012). Nicole graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, studied comparative civil rights history at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and earned her J.D. with a Certificate in Law and Technology from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California Berkeley.

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Cindy Cohn
Cindy Cohn
Nicole Ozer (photo by Bob Hsiang Photography)
Nicole Ozer (photo by Bob Hsiang Photography)

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August 23, 2016