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    Events of Interest: Panels on Privacy and Surveillance at SXSW Interactive Festival (March 7 to 11)

    Thursday, February 27th, 2014

    The South By Southwest Interactive Festival announced that it will host several discussions on surveillance and privacy, including one with Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who worked with former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to reveal surveillance programs by the agency, another with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a session called “After Snowden: Privacy, Surveillance, & the NSA,” and “Snowden 2.0: A Field Report From the NSA Archives.”

    Date: March 7 to March 11
    Location:  Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX
    For more information: www.sxsw.com/interactive

    Happy International Data Privacy Day 2014

    Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

    International Data Privacy Day is today. Take the time to think about how privacy is important in your life and how you can protect your rights from being infringed upon. Please also take the time to donate to any number of organizations out there trying to protect your privacy rights. Visit the official site to find events near your area.

    Events of Interest: Panel Discussion on Fusion Centers (Dec. 11)

    Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

    The Cato Institute is hosting a panel discussion about local surveillance programs known as fusion centers, “Who’s Watching Little Brother? Local Surveillance, National Concerns.” Here’s more:

    Americans have been stunned by revelations that the National Security Agency is collecting vast troves of information about ordinary citizens. But the NSA is only part of the surveillance story. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, state and local police have formed data “fusion centers” across the country and partnered with the federal intelligence community to share a wide array of personal information in an effort to detect and prevent terrorism. New research, however, finds that this system of data gathering and sharing produces mountains of data with little or no counterterrorism value, operates under vague and inconsistent rules with little oversight or accountability, and could hinder the investigation of actual criminal or terrorism activity. Join us for a panel discussion with leading scholars on privacy and national security. Does federal support for fusion centers and suspicious activity reporting make sense? What can be done to mitigate the risks they pose to civil liberties, to prevent waste, and to improve oversight?

    Featuring Mike German, Senior Policy Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union; Eileen Larence, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office; Michael Price, Counsel, Liberty & National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice; and Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute. Moderated by Adam Goldman, Reporter, Washington Post.

    There will be a live video stream of the event.

    Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
    Location: Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW; Washington, DC 20001-5403
    For more information:  www.cato.org/events/whos-watching-little-brother-local-surveillance-national-concerns

    Events of Interest: Panel Discussion on Government Surveillance of Americans (Dec. 5)

    Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

    The Center for Public Scholarship at the New School is hosting a panel discussion on surveillance of Americans and foreign nationals by the U.S. government. Here’s more on the panelists:

    James Bamford is a journalist who reports on U.S. intelligence agencies and author of three books on the NSA, includingThe Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America.

    Jameel Jaffer is an ACLU deputy legal director and director of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, which houses the organization’s National Security Project, Human Rights Program, and Speech, Privacy & Technology Project

    Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Counsel, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School

    Moderator: Kenneth Roth is Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. He has written extensively on a wide range of human rights abuses and recently wrote a piece for the New York Review of Books on “Rethinking Surveillance.”

    Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
    Location: The New School, John Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, New York
    For more information and to register: http://www.newschool.edu/cps/events/

    Events of Interest: Panel Discussion on Surveillance and Foreign Intelligence-Gathering (Nov. 19)

    Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

    Georgetown Law’s Center on National Security and the Law and National Security Law Society are hosting a panel discussion, “Surveillance and Foreign Intelligence Gathering in the United States: The Current State of Play.” The keynote address will be from Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), and the panel will include: Jameel Jaffer – Director, American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Democracy; Robert Litt – General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Matthew Olsen – Former General Counsel, National Security Agency; Marc Rotenberg – President and Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center; Laura K. Donohue – Professor, Georgetown Law (moderator). RSVP to rsvp2@law.georgetown.edu

    Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
    Location: Hart Auditorium, Georgetown Law; 600 New Jersey Ave. NW; Washington, DC 20001
    For more information: nationalsecurity@law.georgetown.edu

    Events of Interest: Senate Hearing on Surveillance Transparency Act (Nov. 13)

    Thursday, November 7th, 2013

    The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, chaired by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), will hold a hearing on the Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013, “A bill to enhance transparency for certain surveillance programs authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 and for other purposes.” The witness list has not been released.

    Location: Dirksen Senate Building, Room 226, Washington, D.C.
    Date: Wednesday, November 13 at 10 a.m.
    For more information: http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=5fa8a4fcfd512d43b3816f1ee7181a33