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Edward Snowden at Princeton!

Saturday, Edward Snowden is coming to Princeton.  Well, actually, he is in Russia, but he will be interviewed live by Bart Gellman in Princeton.    The interview will be conducted in 101 Friend Center from 10:30-noon on Saturday morning, 2 May and will be livestreamed from the following link:  The hashtag for the event is #Snowdenlive.   We hope you’ll join us for this important event.  

The interview will be followed by a public conference during which experts in computer science, law and journalism will discuss the impact of the Snowden disclosures and what might be done to protect personal data privacy, strengthen internet security and still ensure protection against terrorist attacks.  Called “Now that We Know:  Technology, Law, Journalism and Policy after Snowden,” the conference will run from 12:30-5:30 in the Friend Center Convocation Room.  The distinguished panelists who will speak are listed below.   In the audience will be more than two dozen experts in cryptology and national security law who will contribute to the public discussion.    The conference will be livestreamed from the link at and carry the hashtag #nowthatweknow.  If you plan to attend in person, we suggest you register for the conference by clicking here  so that we have some sense of the numbers who will be present.  Registration is free.  There is no need to register for the morning interview.

Snowden is the former contractor for the National Security Agency who downloaded documents disclosing the many programs that the agency was running in order to (as one of the agency’s own slides said): “Collect it All,” “Process it All,” “Exploit it All,” “Partner it All,” “Sniff it All” and, ultimately, “Know it All.”  In June 2013, Snowden was indicted by the US Department of Justice for violating the Espionage Act and stealing government property.   When the US cancelled his passport, he was left stranded in Russia, where he was making plane connections at the time, unable to travel further.    He has since been given temporary asylum there. 

Gellman was one of the journalists to whom Snowden gave the NSA documents, and he has been reporting on the contents of those documents for the Washington Post.  For Gellman’s stories on NSA surveillance, see .   Gellman was a co-recipient with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras (the other journalists to whom Snowden gave the NSA files) of the 2013 George Polk Award, which they dedicated to Snowden. The NSA reporting by these journalists also earned The Guardian and The Washington Post the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.   Gellman is a senior fellow at the Century Foundation and teaches in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. 
The afternoon conference “Now that We Know” features the following panels: 
12:30-1:45 -- Determining the Role of Technology:  Increasing Net Security

Moderator:  Joseph Bonneau, Technology Fellow, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Lead Speaker: 
·        Matthew Green – Johns Hopkins University Department of Computer Science.
·        Ross Anderson – Professor of Security Engineering at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge
·        Jonathan Mayer, Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School

2:00-4:00  -- Protecting Privacy and Security

Moderator:  Jonathan Hafetz, LAPA fellow, Princeton and Seton Hall Law School
Lead speaker: 
·        The Honorable Patricia Wald, Member, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board; former chief judge, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. 
·        Ben Wizner, Director of the Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, American Civil Liberties Union
·        Richard Salgado, Director for Information Security and Law Enforcement Matters, Google
·        Kim Lane Scheppele, Director, Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton
 4:15-5:30 -- Reporting National Security Secrets
Moderator: Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University
Lead speaker:
·        Bart Gellman, Century Foundation, Princeton University and Washington Post
·        Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor, New York Times (had to cancel due to family emergency)
·        Matthew Olsen, former director, National Counterterrorism Center
·        Karen Kaiser, senior vice president and general counsel of the Associated Press.

These events are cosponsored by the Center for Information Technology and Policy and by the Woodrow Wilson School.   They add to others we have organized at Princeton this academic year that have touched upon national security and civil liberties, including “Challenges and Opportunities in an Interconnected World: A Conversation with Admiral Michael Rogers, USN“; the public talk on “Privacy and National Security” by George Ellard, inspector general of the NSA; and the ACLU Conference: Civil Liberties in Times of War.

The Snowden interview and conference provide a venue for interdisciplinary discussion on cybersecurity, surveillance, national security, investigative journalism, and individual rights.  We hope you will join us to continue this important conversation.

Source: Professor S.Oushakine.


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