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CILC presents Jim Dempsey

Thursday March 12, 2015

King Hall, room 1301
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

"National Security, Surveillance and Privacy"

Eighteen months ago, the leaks of highly classified material by Edward Snowden began, followed by a flood of official disclosures.  Our nation and the world gained unprecedented insight into the workings of the National Security Agency and its British counterpart. Broad and deeply intrusive programs of electronic surveillance were publicly exposed.  What really have we learned?  What has changed?  Facing ongoing threats of terrorism and cyber-attack, how can a democratic society reconcile privacy and national security in the digital age?

Jim Dempsey is Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the UC Berkeley law school.  He is also a part-time member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), an independent federal agency charged with overseeing the nation's counterterrorism programs and advising Congress, the President, and senior policymakers on how to best balance national security and civil liberties.  The Board has released two major reports on surveillance programs that have been the focus of controversy since the Snowden leaks and is now pursuing an ambitious agenda reviewing a range of counterterrorism programs.

Lunch will be provided.

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