FridayHLS in the World:

National Security, Privacy, and the Rule of Law

Oct 27|11:00am - 12:30pm
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While civil libertarians and conventional national security advocates have typically found little to agree on, today they share a profound anxiety about the trajectory of state intelligence gathering. For some, this reflects concern about invasions of privacy made possible by a digital environment in which every click and inquiry can be tracked and where our homes and workplaces have welcomed internet-aware appliances that could be repurposed for surveillance.

For others, there is a sense of undue empowerment of those who wish to cause harm and disruption, thanks to technologies that permit untraceable communications and cultivation and rallying of like-minded extremists.

Through a concrete hypothetical–ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, if not today’s–we explore the difficult decisions to be made around these issues, including actors from business, government, civil society, and the citizenry at large.

Jonathan Zittrain '95 George Bemis Professor of International Law, Harvard Law School
Alex Abdo '06 Senior Staff Attorney, Knight First Amendment Institute
Cindy Cohn Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Andrew J. McLaughlin '94 Co-Founder and Partner, Higher Ground Labs
Matt Olsen '88 Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center
Daphna Renan Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
David E. Sanger National Security Correspondent, The New York Times; Senior Fellow in National Security and the Press, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Bruce Schneier Security Technologist; Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
Jeffrey Toobin '86 Journalist