CITP Lecture Series: Timothy Edgar – Beyond Snowden: Mass Surveillance in the Shadow of Trump

101 Sherrerd Hall

Civil liberties activist Timothy Edgar describes how he tried to make a difference by going inside America’s growing surveillance state as an intelligence official in his new book, Beyond Snowden. Edgar explains how Snowden’s leaks of top secret documents led to reforms that made the NSA more transparent, more accountable, more protective of privacy—and, contrary to conventional wisdom, actually strengthened the NSA by making it more effective. While the reforms implemented by the Obama administration were a good first step, much more needs to be done to prevent abuse. Donald Trump’s election in 2016 prompted fears among both civil libertarians and intelligence officials that a new president would abuse his national security powers. The United States leads the world in mass surveillance. In Beyond Snowden, Edgar explains how the United States can lead the world in surveillance reform.

CITP Luncheon Speaker Series: Jonathon Penney – Chilling Effects: How Laws and Surveillance Impact Us Online

Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space Princeton, NJ, United States

In this talk, Jon will draw on his recent research, including his doctoral work at the Oxford Internet Institute, to help fill in some of the gaps in our understanding of chilling effects online. Through discussion of surveillance/regulatory related empirical case studies, including one on involving Wikipedia traffic and another “comparative” survey-based study, Jon will offer insights on these and other questions: What is the nature and scale of regulatory and surveillance chilling effects online? Do they persist or are they merely temporary? What factors may influence their impact?

CITP Luncheon Speaker Series: Jonathan Mayer – Adventures in Bureaucracy

Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space Princeton, NJ, United States

How does the federal government develop and implement technology policy? Thanks to the generosity of the Hewlett Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, Jonathan had a unique opportunity to participate in the machinery of government. From 2015 to 2017, he was the chief technologist of the FCC Enforcement Bureau, and from 2017 to 2018, he served as the technology advisor to Senator Kamala D. Harris. In this informal and off-the-record lunch talk, Jonathan will explain the initiatives that he worked on in Washington, including projects related to consumer privacy, surveillance, election security, and foreign propaganda. He’ll also share lessons learned for engaging with regulatory agencies and legislative offices.

CITP Special Event: Advancing Government’s Analytic and Learning Capabilities

Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space Princeton, NJ, United States

This presentation will focus on two recent recommendations of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), a government agency dedicated to finding ways to improve administrative processes in the federal government. The recommendations aim to help agencies plan for meaningful analysis and retrospective review of their regulations.

CITP Luncheon Speaker Series: Christopher Kirchhoff – When the Pentagon Meets Silicon Valley: The Story of Defense Innovation Unit X

Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space Princeton, NJ, United States

Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) was founded to harness commercial technology from start-ups for national security innovation. This is the story of how DIUx at first failed, was rebooted, and eventually succeeded in partnering with leading hardware and software startups amidst a new age of strategic competition in which technological diffusion has made the world ever flatter and more potentially dangerous.

CITP Special Event: One Year Into the EU Data Protection Law: How is it Working?

Attendance by invitation only. Etienne Maury from the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) and Estelle Masse from Access Now will provide an overview of the functioning of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) almost one year in.This conversation will reflect on the law’s...