The Cato Institute Surveillance Conference

snowdeninterviewNow that I’ve more or less recovered from planning and running it,  I wanted to make sure Just Security readers were aware of the inaugural Cato Institute Surveillance Conference held last week, which I intend (knock wood) to be an annual event along the lines of our long-running Monetary & Constitution Day Conferences.  I’ve embedded the video below, but if you prefer C-Span’s camera work or want an awkward automated transcript, you can also find everything but our first panel in their archives.

While I’m biased, obviously, I thought the whole thing was pretty damned fascinating.  We had intelligence officials and intelligence whistleblowers.  We had overseers, civil society advocates, litigators, and technologists.  We had Rep. Thomas Massie talking about the sausage-making process that killed his “backdoor search” amendment, and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt on his company’s unique position as partner and opponent to the spy agencies.  We had more Pulitzer winners than you can shake a stick at moderating our discussions, with “everyone take turns giving a ten minute monologue” panels strictly forbidden.  A guy named Edward Snowden showed up for an engaging surprise interview.  We even introduced Bob Litt and Marcy Wheeler, and they did not mutually annihilate in a massive burst of gamma rays! If you missed it live, I will suggest, with towering immodesty, that the whole thing’s worth watching—and hopefully we’ll see you at the Second Annual Cato Surveillance Conference.

8:30–8:45 a.m. Introduction
Julian Sanchez, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
8:45–9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)

9:15–10:30 a.m.

Panel 1: INTERNATIONAL SURVEILLANCE: FISA §702 & Executive Order 12333

Moderator: Charlie Savage, Washington Correspondent, New York Times
John Napier Tye, Former Section Chief for Internet Freedom, State Department
Marcy Wheeler, Writer, Emptywheel.net
Laura Donohue, Director, Georgetown University Center on National Security & the Law
Alex Joel, Civil Liberties Officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution

10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Break
10:40 –11:55 a.m.

Panel 2: DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE: Law Enforcement in the Digital Age

Moderator: Jack Gillum, Associated Press
Faisal Gill, Attorney & Surveillance Target
Orin Kerr, Professor of Law, George Washington University
Harley Geiger, Advocacy Director and Senior Counsel, Center for Democracy & Technology
Chris Soghoian, Principal Technologist and Senior Policy Analyst, American Civil Liberties Union
Patrick G. Eddington, Policy Analyst, Homeland Security and Civil Liberties, Cato Institute

12:00 -1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 -1:40 p.m.

Eric E. Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
in conversation with
Craig Timberg, National Technology Reporter, Washington Post

1:45–3:00 p.m.

Panel 3: OVERSEEING SURVEILLANCE: Secrecy, Transparency, and Accountability

Moderator: Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal
Robert S. Litt, General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Katherine Hawkins, National Security Fellow, Open the Government
Steve Aftergood, Director, Project on Government Secrecy, Federation of American Scientists
Sharon Bradford Franklin, Executive Director, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
J. Kirk Wiebe, Former Senior Analyst, National Security Agency

3:00–4:15 p.m.

Panel 4: LIMITING SURVEILLANCE: Congress, the Courts, and Technology

Moderator: Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post
Elizabeth “Liza” Goitein, Co-Director, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice
Matthew Green, Research Professor of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University
Kurt Opsahl, Deputy General Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Lara M. Flint, Chief Counsel for National Security, Senate Judiciary Committee
Richard Salgado, Legal Director, Law Enforcement and Information Security, Google

4:15–4:30 p.m. Break
4:30–5:30 p.m.

Closing Session

Julian Sanchez, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Julia Angwin, ProPublica; author of Dragnet Nation

 

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Julian Sanchez

Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, contributing Editor for Reason magazine. Member of the editorial board at Just Security. You can follow him on Twitter (@normative).